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Pull Ya 02-17-2013 04:40 PM

Something to think about before you mod your Cummins
 
Interesting reading. I wonder if this is just the tip of the iceberg. Maybe the other manufactures should take note of this. :4-dontknow:
Jay



» EDGE Products Settles Lawsuit with EPA
By Robert Patton | Published 01/24/2013 | Press Releases | Unrated
Okay folks, you need to have read the preceding "Performance Parts Update 2013" to understand the ramifications of the following press release about the Edge Products lawsuit.

My summary: Edge Products is one of several companies that has diligently tried to play by the rules. Shortly after the release of the '07.5 6.7-liter engine they released "tuners" for the engine. Some of these products are now part of the recall mandated by the EPA.

Due credit and your support should be given to Edge Products for their forthright response. There are other vendors who have shown flagrant disregard for the law and rules. I'll keep you informed as information is provided to us. For now, I'm concerned about the outcome for these vendors.

Automotive Electronics Manufacturer Fined $500,00 for Selling Illegal Devices Resulting in Tons of Excess Particulate Matter Emissions.

Release Date: 01/17/2013
Contact Information: Nahal Mogharabi, mogharabi.nahal@epa.gov, 213-244-1815 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 213-244-1815 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

WASHINGTON – In a settlement with the United States on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, automotive electronics manufacturer Edge Products LLC (Edge) has agreed to pay a $500,000 civil penalty for manufacturing and selling electronic devices that allowed owners of model year 2007 and later diesel pickup trucks to remove emission controls from their vehicles. Diesel trucks that are not equipped with emission controls known as “diesel particulate filters” emit excess particulate matter (PM). When running, trucks without these types of controls leave behind a trail of dark, black smoke. PM is associated with a number of health problems, including respiratory and cardiovascular disease, chronic bronchitis, decreased lung function, and an increased risk of lung cancer.

The company, located in Ogden, Utah, sold more than 9,000 of these electronic devices nationwide, resulting in an estimated 158 tons of excess PM emissions released into the atmosphere. This is equivalent to the emissions from 422 new long-haul semi trucks operating for a period of 29 years.

“The Department of Justice will continue to vigilantly protect America’s health and environment through the enforcement of the Clean Air Act standards governing emissions from vehicles and engines,” said Ignacia S. Moreno, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. “This settlement holds Edge Products accountable for selling devices that allow consumers to disable the emission controls on their vehicles by requiring the company to pay a penalty, buy back the devices, and perform a project to offset the air pollution resulting from the Clean Air Act violations.”

“Our goal is to have these illegal devices removed and proper emission controls installed,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Allowing black smoke to billow conspicuously from the tailpipes of diesel pickup trucks is a practice that directly harms public health.”

Diesel particulate filters remove approximately 90% of the particulate matter emissions from a truck’s exhaust. If the filter is removed, the truck will generally not operate properly as the filter is monitored by the truck’s computer. However, the electronic devices sold by Edge allowed individuals to reprogram the truck’s computer so that the truck would continue to operate even after the filter had been removed.

Although Edge stopped selling the illegal devices in mid-2011, the consent decree requires Edge to offer to buy back the devices from anyone who possesses one. In order to sell the device back to Edge, the truck from which the device came must be returned to its original factory programming. Edge is also required to spend at least $157,600 to implement an emission mitigation project to offset the excess PM emissions that it caused. Edge will use the additional funds to offer rebates to individuals who own old wood-burning stoves and who wish to replace them with cleaner burning appliances such as new pellet stoves or EPA-certified wood stoves.

The civil penalty of $500,000 is based on the United States’ determination that Edge has a limited ability to pay a penalty in this matter.

The consent decree resolves allegations in a complaint, filed today, that Edge violated the Clean Air Act by manufacturing and selling motor vehicle parts or components whose effect is to bypass, defeat, or render inoperative a motor vehicles emission control device.

For more information about this case, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/enforcement/air/cases/edgeproducts.html

Gantman 02-17-2013 06:01 PM

Man o man Pull Ya! I cannot imagine how tough this is going to be on a well known performance company like Edge Products. I wish for the owner and his employees will make it through this and move forward and continue to invent and innovate for the future.

CdnoilRAM 02-17-2013 09:00 PM

Not illegal in Canada :pepper::bananalama::spinning: ...yet

NWRQC 02-18-2013 12:44 AM

I didn't read your whole post but I assume it deals with the EPA crackdown...
Old news, but if you are thinking of doing deletes grab a Mini Maxx, black maxx, or xrt soon....
Or feel free to call

NWRQC 02-18-2013 12:50 AM

He is acting as an adminstrator, just like I act like my truck is stock...,,. :-)

col 02-18-2013 01:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CdnoilRAM (Post 1015061)
Not illegal in Canada :pepper::bananalama::spinning: ...yet

That's funny Kurtis. I'm in the process of talking Karen into letting me upgrade to a 3500 longhorn cummins. Not doing to well at the moment :LOL::thk:

Pull Ya 02-18-2013 04:28 PM

It maybe old news to you, but I think there might be a substancial number of people that would like to have the information. I hadn't heard about it until last week, however it seems apparent that I may not be as well read as some other member/s. I guess I didn't see your post giving everyone else the information when you found out.
Jay

NWRQC 02-20-2013 11:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pull Ya (Post 1015794)
It maybe old news to you, but I think there might be a substancial number of people that would like to have the information. I hadn't heard about it until last week, however it seems apparent that I may not be as well read as some other member/s. I guess I didn't see your post giving everyone else the information when you found out.
Jay

I like a lot of people that I know read several forums, some a lot more tailored to our trucks. You are correct that you didn't see my post pertaining to this topic because it was old news and I don't like to repost old repetative info.

Thank you for reposting it on this forum, as you stated a substantial number of people would like this info. < Honestly. I am sorry if you feel that I was being a d**k, but I was just stating a fact.
Your info goes a long way back, Edge pulled out of the performace tuning market long ago. They offer DPF intact tuners and thats it.

Now if you want some more current news, H&S and Smarty have been cracked down upon and they are no longer able to produce DPR/EGR delete tuners without paying a hefty fine. This has happend in the past few months.

Again sorry if you feel that I was being an A**hole, but your dug up old news.

Pull Ya 02-21-2013 06:40 PM

To each their own, sorry you had to waste your time reading the thread. Not worth getting into a pissing match over.
Jay

tazman43 05-19-2013 10:36 PM

I am new and old news is new news to me Thank you.Tazman43


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