EPA fines two Ventura County auto parts companies for emission control violations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced settlements with four California automotive parts distributors, including two based in Ventura County, for violations of the Clean Air Act.
No Limit Enterprises in Moorpark, while doing business as No Limit Fabrication and No Limit Diesel, made and sold tuner-related products and other parts designed to bypass, defeat or disable emission controls meant to reduce vehicle emissions, according to a June 17 EPA news release. The business paid a $150,000 fine, which was reduced because of financial hardship. It was the largest penalty the EPA levied against any of the four distributors.
T&R Performance Solutions in Simi Valley sold aftermarket parts designed to get around emissions control systems of both motor vehicles and motor vehicle engines, the EPA said. The Simi Valley-based company paid less than $3,000 as a penalty under the EPA’s expedited settlement policy, which is used in cases where violations are minor and easily correctable.
The other two distributors are based out of San Diego and Monterey.
“These settlements are a very significant step toward our goal of stopping the sale of illegal defeat devices that cause harmful pollution in our communities,” Amy Miller, the director of the EPA Southwest Region Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division, said in the news release. “We will continue to investigate and penalize anyone who manufactures, sells, or installs these types of illegal products.”