Largest Supplier of Handheld Engines in U.S. to Pay $2.85 Million Fine

12/6/17

A Charlotte-based outdoor power equipment company has agreed to a $2.85 million civil penalty for violating the Clean Air Act, according to a joint announcement made by the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Husqvarna Consumer Outdoor Products N.A. Inc. and its Swedish parent company, Husqvarna AB, failed to provide the EPA with “complete and accurate” information regarding the emissions of engines used in several of the company’s product.

Additionally, the company will decrease its emissions credit balance by about 1,700 tons while improving its quality assurance programming.

“As a result of this investigation, Husqvarna’s products will produce less air pollution, which means cleaner air for consumers and American communities,” Larry Starfield, the acting assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, said in a statement.

The decision is notable as Husqvarna is the largest manufacturer of small engines in the United States. Several brands use the motors, which can be found in devices such as leaf blowers and chainsaws.

“This settlement demonstrates the Department’s commitment to enforcing federal clean air laws,” Jeffrey H. Wood, the acting assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, said. “Working with our partners at EPA, we will continue to uphold the integrity of emissions testing programs to ensure clean air for the American people.”

The initial complaint can be found here.

The settlement can be found here.

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