The agencies collected $94,700 in fines as well.
The seizure, which the EPA estimates will prevent at least 215,000 pounds of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and hydrocarbons (HC) from harming the area’s air quality each year, was carried out under Operation Stop Your Engine. In partnership with the CBP the EPA carried out investigations of companies importing engines and vehicles, discovering those that dealt in products without certifications or adequate emissions controls.
Companies found in violation of import regulations include AKMI Corporation, Yamazuki Inc., CLC Logistics Inc., Joyner USA Inc. and Infinity Source Inc. Additionally, the joint operation uncovered illegal imports of pesticides by Consus Chemicals LLC, Arysta LifeScience North America LLC and Syngenta Crop Portection.
“EPA has been working diligently with CBP officers at the ports to ensure all items entering our nation comply with federal environmental standards,” EPA Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest Jared Blumenfeld said. “We will continue our efforts to reduce pollution and protect consumers from illegal imports.”