EnPro, General Dynamics Units Sued by U.S. Over Clean Air Violations

EnPro Industries Inc. and General Dynamics Corp. were sued by the U.S. government for allegedly making and installing marine engines that weren’t certified by the Environmental Protection Agency.

EnPro’s Coltec Industries unit manufactured and sold 32 engines that weren’t covered by an EPA “Certificate of Conformity,” while a General Dynamics unit installed the engines in ships it built and sold in the U.S., the Justice Department said in a complaint filed today in federal court in Washington. Those engines had missing or defective labels in violation of clean air rules, according to the lawsuit.

“The manufacturer must demonstrate to EPA in the application for the certificate of conformity that its engines meet the applicable standards,” the U.S. said in court papers.

The lawsuit is part of an effort to ensure marine compression engines comply with federal rules on clean air emissions standards, the Justice Department said. The government is seeking $32,500 for each violation prior to Jan. 12, 2009, and $37,500 for each violation after that date. In addition, the complaint asks the companies to remedy the violations.

The disagreement is over labeling, EnPro said.

“This is a minor dispute over engines that were compliant with emissions standards,” said Don Washington, a spokesman for Charlotte, North Carolina-based EnPro. “We strongly disagree with the Department of Justice and the EPA and will vigorously defend ourselves.”

James Gill, a spokesman for Falls Church, Virginia-based General Dynamics, declined to comment.

The case is U.S. v. Coltec Industries Inc., 10cv1659, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).

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