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Cummins Settles Pollution Spat For $2.1 Million

Tue, 02/23/2010 - 4:09am

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — The Justice Department says diesel engine maker Cummins Inc. has agreed to pay a $2.1 million penalty and recall 405 heavy-duty engines for alleged Clean Air Act violations.

Federal court documents filed Monday allege that Columbus, Ind.-based Cummins shipped 570,000 engines without pollution control equipment to vehicle manufacturers between 1998 and 2006.

The settlement requires Cummins to recall about 405 engines that were found to have ultimately reached customers without the correct pollution controls, and to install those controls.

Federal officials estimate those engines released nearly 200 excess tons of pollutants over their lifetimes.

Cummins spokeswoman Janet Williams says the company has improved its tracking processes to make sure the correct pollution controls are connected to its engines.

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