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The Clean Air Act

The Clean Air Act in the United States facilitates the legal action and compliance activities as they relate to industry regulation. An early enforcement notice from the EPA outlines the following set of instructions related to reporting and recordkeeping;

“Parties involved in the certification, assembly, or distribution of vehicles and engines must keep records and make reports. Generally, EPA regulations state that “manufacturers,” “certificate holders,” and sometimes “certifying manufacturers” are responsible for recordkeeping and reporting. These regulations give flexibility to industry participants to choose how to structure their businesses.

Proper recordkeeping and reporting facilitates compliance, enables the EPA to assess compliance, and, where necessary, allows the EPA to take an enforcement action to correct violations. Most importantly, recordkeeping and reporting are required by law. The emissions standards and compliance and enforcement provisions for highway motorcycles are found in 40 C.F.R. Parts 85 and 86 and 42 U.S.C. §§ 7521-7542. The same provisions for nonroad recreational vehicles and nonroad small gasoline engines are found in 40 C.F.R. Parts 1051, 1054, 1060 and 1068 and 42 U.S.C.

The term “manufacturer” is defined broadly in the CAA and its regulations. The term includes not only “any person engaged in the manufacturing or assembling” of vehicles or engines (“assemblers”), but also anyone who imports vehicles or engines or who is “under the control of any such person in connection with the distribution” of vehicles or engines. 42 U.S.C. § 7550(1); 40 C.F.R. §§ 1051.801, 1054.801, 1060.801. Also, the COC applicant must certify in its application—regardless of the applicant’s affiliation with the company that assembles the vehicles or engines—that all vehicles or engines intended to be covered by the COC will conform to the description in the COC application and otherwise comply with the law.”

ECO, Inc, provides plug and play solutions for all of your record keeping and reporting requirements for both CARB and EPA. Our team provides efficient data tracking, recording and reporting services so that you can focus on delivering products to your clients. We maintain close relationships with the regulatory agencies and provide the needed bandwidth for reporting at a fraction of the cost of an additional employee hire.

For the full enforcement alert please follow this link: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/documents/vehicleengine.pdf