U.S. makers urge crackdown on high-polluting engines from China

06/30/2008 | RedOrbit

As the EPA prepares to issue new rules for catalytic converters on small engines, U.S. manufacturers are pressing for a crackdown on dirty engines imported from China. Briggs & Stratton, John Deere, Stihl Inc. and others are urging the EPA to add liability provisions and registration requirements for imported products when its new rules come out in July. In a letter to the environmental regulator, Stihl noted that it spends millions of dollars to comply with clean air rules while overseas companies "are becoming ever more sophisticated and brazen as they implement fraudulent schemes" for getting around the standards.

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