Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Federal authorities at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on Thursday announced the seizure of numerous all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles and generators imported into the U.S. without proper emission controls in violation of the federal Clean Air Act.

More than 730 items were seized as the result of a 90-day investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Some of the items were sent back to their country of origin, according to the EPA.

The vehicles and engines would have emitted over 350,000 pounds of pollutants such as carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and oxides of nitrogen per year, EPA officials said.

“Small engines mean big emissions, so we have to be extra vigilant when allowing their entry into our country,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “This initiative marks a new chapter in our efforts to prevent air pollution from vehicles and engines.”

The pollutants are blamed for respiratory illnesses, aggravation of asthmatic conditions and contribute to ground level ozone or smog.

Eight companies, all first-time violators will pay a total of more than $57,000 in civil penalties, authorities said.

The EPA identified the firms as: Nan Fang Distribution Group, LLC; Kandi USA Inc.; Vantage Vehicle International Inc.; Dongfang Motor Inc.; Dynamic Power Equipment Inc.; Alliance Powersports Inc.; Denebola Motor Sports USA Inc.; and Sanven Corp.

The enforcement actions were announced at a Customs and Border Protection warehouse in Carson.

City News Service

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