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Chain Saw Emissions

Medina County, OH: (Apr-24-08) The US Justice Department and the US Environmental Protection Agency brought charges against three American companies-MTD Products in Medina County's Liverpool Township, its subsidiary, and MTD Southwest of Tucson, AZ, and Jenn Feng Industrial Co., a Taiwan manufacturer, alleging that they imported and distributed 200,000 chainsaws that cause excessive pollution. The suit stated that Jenn Feng manufactured the engines for sale in the United States and McCullough Corp., its subsidiary, based in Santa Fe Springs, CA, obtained EPA approval for the engines.

MTD Products/MTD Southwest purchased the engines from Jenn Feng and imported and distributed them in the US. Records show that over 100,000 of the chainsaws were sold to customers at Sears, McCullough and Troy-Bilt retails outlets. Environmental experts stated that the chainsaws will emit 268 tons of excessive pollution that contribute to ozone over their lifetimes. Ozone can cause breathing problems for the elderly, children and asthmatics.

As part of a settlement reached in the case, the three American companies and the Taiwan manufacturer agreed to pay a $2 million civil fine to resolve allegations. Sources stated that the settlement involves the largest civil penalty for violations of the federal Clean Air Act for engines in non road equipment. Apart from the payout, the companies also agreed to spend $5 million on environmentally friendly projects to reduce air pollution. [AKRON BEACON JOURNAL: COMPANIES TO PAY $2 MILLION FINE]


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Published on Apr-27-08


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