Cummins Inc has received a letter from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) reaffirming the government's intention to enforce terms of the consent decrees Cummins and four other US engine manufacturers negotiated with the government in 1998.
Over the past few months, other consent decree signers had urged the EPA and DOJ to consider amending the decrees to provide for a delay in producing lower emissions engines. The EPA and the DOJ have reaffirmed unequivocally that they would not consider any amendments to the decrees.
Under the decrees, signers agreed to produce engines meeting the 2.5 g/bhp-hour standard for oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and nonmethane hydrocarbons (NMHCs) by October 2002. In April, Cummins confirmed that it would meet the consent decree deadlines. Cummins is the only engine manufacturer that has stated publicly its ability to meet these standards, which will result in an additional 38% reduction in NOx emissions from current standards for all on-highway products.