In August 2016, Harley-Davidson received into some deep water with the Environmental Safety Company (EPA), for roughly 340,000 “tremendous tuners” that have been offered, which ran afoul of the emission requirements for on-road automobiles.
For its misdeeds, Harley-Davidson was slapped with a $12 million positive, together with an settlement to spend $three million on efforts to mitigate air air pollution. It ought to be famous, that each one of this occurred on the heals of Volkswagen’s “Dieselgate” scandal – and timing is the whole lot.
Nevertheless in July 2017, information got here out that Harley-Davidson wouldn’t should pay the $three million in air pollution mitigation, because the Bar & Defend model noticed some mercy from the Trump Administration’s new EPA.
That didn’t sit so nicely with 10 states, and the District of Columbia.
With the choice to rollback the $three million penalty nonetheless within the fingers of U.S. District Choose Emmet Sullivan, the Attorneys Basic from the next states have lodged complaints with the EPA: Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia.
Will the states prevail of their motions? That’s exhausting to say.
Harley-Davidson has turn into one among President Trump’s favored manufacturers, with the motorcycle-maker usually propped-up by Trump as an archetype of American manufacturing success, with the EPA clearly following the President’s lead on this challenge.
Latest information hasn’t been good for Harley-Davidson although. The model’s gross sales are consistently falling, and Harley-Davidson is at present within the midst of closing its Kansas Metropolis plant.
We’ll see how this one performs out.
Supply: Vermont Biz through Cyril Huse Weblog