Attorney General Rob Bonta announces $372 million diesel emission settlement

This morning California Attorney General Rob Bonta and the California Resources Board announced a substantial settlement with a diesel manufacturer who falsified emission testing results. 

Indiana-based Cummins Inc., the largest manufacturer of diesel engines, agreed to pay California $378 million for using illegal devices to bypass diesel engine vehicle emission standards. Included in the settlement is $175 for environmental mitigation and $164 in penalties, $33 for litigation costs and they have agreed to fix affected engines at no cost to owners.  

“Cummins knowingly harmed people’s health and our environment when they skirted state emissions tests and requirements,” Bonta said in the statement announcing the settlement. “Today’s settlement sends a clear message: If you break the law, we will hold you accountable.” 

The CARB discovered approximately 97,000 diesel engines in California, and almost one million vehicles nationwide were rigged with so-called defeat devices to falsify emission tests. The vehicles involved were model years 2013 to 2018 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks with the 6.7-liter diesel engine manufactured by Cummins.

The settlement resolves two cases: one nationwide and one specific to California. The total settlement is more than $2 billion and includes a $1.675 billion federal penalty, the largest ever for a Clean Air Act case. 

“Today’s agreement, which includes the largest-ever Clean Air Act civil penalty, stands as notice to manufacturers that they must comply with our nation’s laws, which protect human health and the health of our environment,” U.S. Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, said in a statement. “We appreciate the work of our partners, the EPA and the State of California, in helping us reach this significant settlement.”

Cummins did not admit to wrongdoing in the settlements. 

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