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| July 02, 2012

Court rejects EPA’s Navistar exemption

 

A federal appeals court on June 12 rejected the Environment Protection Agency’s ruling that allowed Navistar to sell heavy-duty diesel engines that don’t meet the agency’s 2010 emissions standards limiting the amount of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) in diesel exhaust.

The future of Navistar’s heavy-duty engines, such as this MaxxForce 13, is in question, though the company says it plans to continue selling them.

Navistar says it disagrees with the ruling and will ask for a rehearing.

An interim final rule (IFR) issued in January allowed Navistar to pay fines and continue to sell the noncompliant engines. Mack Trucks and Volvo Group North America then sued EPA over the IFR, arguing, among other things, that the agency had failed to give adequate notice and opportunity for comment.

The three-judge U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia on June 12 agreed, ruling that EPA didn’t meet any of the statutory criteria for issuing a “good cause” exception. The court said Navistar’s current financial situation wasn’t a proper justification for the EPA to issue the rule without following normal administrative procedures.

“The rule does not stave off any imminent threat to the environment or safety or national security,” Judge Janice Rogers Brown wrote for the court. “It does not remedy any real emergency at all, save the ‘emergency’ facing Navistar’s bottom line.”

The ruling is at least a temporary win for Navistar’s competitors in the diesel engine market, all of which chose to use selective catalytic reduction technology (SCR) to achieve EPA’s NOx requirements. Navistar has been able to use banked emissions credits in order to comply with the regulations.

As Judge Brown put it, however, “Navistar’s day of reckoning is fast approaching: its supply of credits is dwindling and its engines remain noncompliant.” EPA issued the IFR after Navistar informed the agency in October 2011 that it might have as few as three or four months of available credits remaining. EPA’s rule allowed Navistar to continue to sell 2012 and 2013 EGR engines in the United States while paying a noncompliance fine of $1,919 per engine.

“Navistar will work with EPA to fully understand the ruling and its impact on the use of NCPs [non-compliant penalties] until a final rule is implemented,” the company said in a written statement. “Navistar continues to make and ship engines and our customers will continue to receive the products they ordered with EPA certified engines.”

— Staff reports

 

 

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