ATV, motorcycle importer fined for Clean Air Act violations

Publish Date: 
Nov 9, 2012

EL MONTE, Calif. – Maxtrade LLC, has agreed to pay an $80,000 fine for violating the federal Clean Air Act by importing recreational vehicles into the Port of Long Beach without proper emission controls.

In addition to the penalty, the company was required to export the noncompliant ATVs out of the country, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, which discovered the violations during inspections conducted at the Port of Long Beach between 2009 and 2012.

“Without the right emissions controls, gas-powered ATVs, motorcycles and generators can add harmful pollutants to the air we breathe,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “These enforcement actions are part of an ongoing effort by EPA to ensure that all imported vehicles and equipment meet the federal standards.”

During 2009 and 2012, Maxtrade imported a combined total of 2,481 off-highway motorcycles and ATVs into the Port of Long Beach with the intention to sell them. EPA inspectors found that the vehicles violated federal law by using improper carburetors and catalytic converters.

Maxtrade has been operating in California since 2005, selling and importing dirt bikes, ATVs, and go-karts.

Information about importing vehicles and engines into the United States is available at http://epa.gov/otaq/imports/index.htm

Posted by Holly Wagner