The settlement requires Cat to recall the known defective engines, install the correct ATDs — devices that control engine exhaust emissions once the emissions have exited the engine and entered the exhaust system — and reprogram the fuel injector and fuel map settings. The recall will continue until all engines with incorrect catalysts, fuel injectors, or fuel map settings have been addressed or until Dec. 31, 2011, whichever is earlier, according to the EPA.
Caterpillar also will mitigate excess emissions through permanent retirement of banked emission credits, according to the settlement. Within 30 days of entry of the Consent Decree, Caterpillar agrees to retire credits equivalent to the lifetime excess emissions from the 925 engines that did not receive the correct ATD or that were programmed with incorrect fuel injector or fuel map settings.
“The vast majority of these engines have already been addressed in the company’s ongoing recall program,” Bridget M. Young, a media relations representative from Cat’s corporate affairs department, tells Aggregates Manager.
“As the decree indicates, Caterpillar denies any wrongdoing, but does agree that the decree represents a good faith effort between the parties to resolve their differences and avoid potentially lengthy litigation,” Young says. “Caterpillar is committed to following the terms of the decree.”
The EPA complaint points out that about 925 of the 590,282 engines shipped to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with separately shipped aftertreatment and/or fuel programming software actually entered use without correct assembly by the final product OEMs, Young notes.
And the Award Goes to AggMan
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has honored Randall-Reilly Publishing Co., parent company of Aggregates Manager magazine, with three national editorial awards, 12 regional editorial awards, and three design awards in the organization’s Azbee Awards of Excellence.
Aggregates Manger was honored for its two awards — one gold and one silver award — in the Midwest-South region at an awards banquet on July 28 in Chicago. ASBPE presented its national awards during an awards banquet on Aug. 4 during the organization’s national conference in Chicago.
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