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EPA Says Don't Touch the Particulate Filter
PickupTrucks.com ^ | January 24, 2013 | Mark Williams

Posted on 01/25/2013 9:58:02 AM PST by conservative98

In a court settlement with the EPA, Edge Products, a manufacturer of electronic power modules for diesel engines, has agreed to pay a $500,000 fine for manufacturing and selling electronic devices that allowed owners of Chevy, GMC, Ford and Dodge/Ram diesel pickup trucks (2007 and later) to remove the programming for diesel particulate filters from their vehicles.

The Ogden, Utah, company is reported to have sold more than 9,000 units from January 2009 through April 2011. This is said to have resulted in an estimated 158 tons of excess particulate matter emissions — the equivalent of 422 new long-haul semitrailers operating for 29 years, according to the EPA.

The civil penalty of $500,000 is based on the United States’ determination that Edge Products has a limited ability to pay a penalty in this matter.

In addition to the fine, Edge Products is required to offer to buy back the devices. To sell the device back to the company, the truck from which the device came must be returned to its original factory programming. Edge Products is also required to spend at least $157,600 to implement an emission mitigation project to offset the excess particulate matter emissions it caused. Edge Products will use the additional funds to offer rebates to individuals who own old wood-burning stoves and wish to replace them with cleaner burning appliances such as new pellet stoves or EPA-certified wood stoves.

Shortly after the U.S. introduction of diesel particulate filters in the in 2007, a number of suppliers started offering DPF removal kits (also known as “DPF delete” kits). These kits allow for the removal of the DPF without triggering any engine trouble codes, with potential side benefits being improved vehicle mileage and performance. The kits were also popular with diesel truck racers who wanted to run their daily driver at the track.

Most of the kits targeted three-quarter- and one-ton turbodiesel engines (mostly Duramax and Powerstroke). The case against Edge Products appears to be the first instance of an enforcement action by the U.S. against the sales and installation of DPF delete kits.

To our knowledge, there are no companies selling these types of kits at this date. For more EPA information on the case and settlement, click here.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: diesel; energy; epa; epaofofcontrol; epaoutofcontrol; ford; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; gm; obama; pollution; ram; trucks

1 posted on 01/25/2013 9:58:08 AM PST by conservative98
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To: conservative98

I know a fellow who had one of these kits.

It’s hard to believe the difference in the power of that truck.;

EPA has sure taken away truck power.

My sister has a bus that uses a Caterpillar engine that has a regen system in it. She has had nothing but trouble with the damned thing. I hear Caterpillar even stopped putting the engine in new busses because of it.

Junk


2 posted on 01/25/2013 10:03:50 AM PST by Venturer
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To: conservative98

” estimated 158 tons of excess particulate matter emissions” Can we get that converted to number of trips from DC to Hawaii in AF1?


3 posted on 01/25/2013 10:07:06 AM PST by WinMod70
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To: WinMod70
Can somebody answer this comment on this site:
"Enviornmental protections are necessary. Obviously we need to consider the cost of regulations, but anyone who wants to do away with pollution standards and controls because they view them as some sort of assault on "personal liberty" is being disingenuous and very short-sighted."
4 posted on 01/25/2013 10:13:33 AM PST by conservative98
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To: conservative98

That’s okay these kits will just move underground or become free on the interwebs (the computer code programming part of it)....

The EPA won’t be able to touch them then....

It will suck that no one will be able to make a honest living selling them, but the EPA will still be spited.


5 posted on 01/25/2013 10:19:29 AM PST by GraceG
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To: conservative98
The USEPA is very anti-diesel, and the regs they issued (this was during Bush, before Baraq) are extremely stringent.

They increased the purchase price, reduced fuel economy and performance both, and required the conversion to ultra low sulfur fuel which is now considerably more expensive than gasoline.

I'm reading in trade pubs that smaller sized construction equipment is actually going from diesel to gas because of this.


6 posted on 01/25/2013 10:24:43 AM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: conservative98

Disgusting. EPA goes after a private company, sues them, creates litigation expense, and then whacks ‘em for $500K - all because consumers of their products elect to remove a device from their privately owned property (their truck).

So if I go out in the garage, crawl under the car with a cut-off wheel and chop out the catalytic converter, and replace it with straight pipe - does the EPA intend to sue GM?

If I decide to replace all my toilets with non 1.5 GPF units, does the EPA sue Kohler?

Does this court decision rank as some sort of precedent? Is the next step to sue gun manufacturers for making a weapon that can be easily converted to semi or full auto?


7 posted on 01/25/2013 10:30:49 AM PST by Made In The USA (I'm not yelling, just... just talking enthusiastically..)
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To: GraceG

Yup, such a thing is so easy to create that it will take at most a day or two until one shows up on hackaday :-)


8 posted on 01/25/2013 10:31:50 AM PST by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: conservative98

9 posted on 01/25/2013 10:34:04 AM PST by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: Venturer

yeah but now you can breathe what comes out the exhaust ;-)

Software hacking is the modern-day way to hot-rod


10 posted on 01/25/2013 10:44:57 AM PST by bigbob
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To: conservative98

Anyone who says that the EPA is the proper way to regulate pollution is being disingenuous or dense. There has never been any proof of global environmental effects. Pollution tends to have environmental effects that are localized to the area of the pollution. Therefore pollution controls belong at levels of government more answerable to the people actually affected. A non-constitutional agency with a left wing agenda and all the power of a bloated federal bureaucracy has very little to do with environmental protection and everything to do with economic control.


11 posted on 01/25/2013 10:56:17 AM PST by RightOnTheBorder
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To: conservative98

“the equivalent of 422 new long-haul semitrailers operating for 29 years”

I could be wrong, but as I recall, semi TRAILERS do not produce any emissions as they do not have engines.


12 posted on 01/25/2013 10:57:11 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers ("I'm not anti-anything, I just wanna be free." - Mike Muir)
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To: Made In The USA

“So if I go out in the garage, crawl under the car with a cut-off wheel and chop out the catalytic converter, and replace it with straight pipe - does the EPA intend to sue GM?”

Actually, I’d recommend just hollowing out the cat instead of replacing it with a test pipe - harder to detect from the outside.


13 posted on 01/25/2013 10:59:08 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers ("I'm not anti-anything, I just wanna be free." - Mike Muir)
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To: conservative98

american ingenuity and enrepreneurship stamped on again by a progressive evil agency in the name of pseudoscience.. where’s the separation of b’loney and hot air there?

vapourware violations.. on the slate next


14 posted on 01/25/2013 11:05:58 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: conservative98

I once had a Diesel VW Rabbit. Great little car, handled well, very high mileage, and ran like a charm with very little repair work needed.

The Gubbermint basically drove that car off the market. The only diesel cars you could get were very expensive, high upkeep, and constantly having trouble running.

It was a sad day when the Rabbit had to be junked.


15 posted on 01/25/2013 11:06:49 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: RightOnTheBorder

RightOnTheBorder, Thank you. That’s exactly what I was looking for.


16 posted on 01/25/2013 11:11:04 AM PST by conservative98
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To: conservative98

One more reason to kick the EPA out of anything that relates to car design. It’s bad enough to have cars detuned in the name of environmentalism, it’s another to see the EPA mandate lower mileage due to a filter.

That said, the EPA needs to stop trying to make the US’s car market look like the rest of the world - lots of small golfcarts with a few expensive exotics.


17 posted on 01/25/2013 11:14:13 AM PST by setha (It is past time for the United States to take back what the world took away.)
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To: conservative98; All
“the equivalent of 422 new long-haul semitrailers operating for 29 years”...

OR

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever


18 posted on 01/25/2013 11:19:30 AM PST by Rodamala
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To: conservative98
They pulled this stuff on Muscle Car specialty house Baldwin and Motion in the early 70's and pretty much put them out of business.

I had a diesel gnome in my life (RIP old friend) and told me things you don't know, such as...

* The low Sulfur fuels and higher temps to keep emissions low worried those concerned about engine longevity.
* Was not fond of K & N Filters, reduced engine life.

19 posted on 01/25/2013 11:27:32 AM PST by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: Made In The USA

Yes we have entered the Zone Mark Levin has talked about where they will prosecute a Ham Sandwich if the ends justifies the means....


20 posted on 01/25/2013 11:30:48 AM PST by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: nascarnation
Gas as in Gasoline or Gaseous aka, Propane, LNG, CNG?

With the Fracking Revolution the latter ones are coming on strong in their own right, as I am sure you have read.

21 posted on 01/25/2013 11:32:30 AM PST by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: taildragger

Gasoline.
This is small stuff like concrete finishers, etc where the engine cost is a big % of the finished product cost.
The compliant diesels are just too expensive.


22 posted on 01/25/2013 11:44:32 AM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: conservative98

EFI-Live tuning is where it’s at now. The EPA can’t do crap to them since they’re kiwis.


23 posted on 01/25/2013 12:04:37 PM PST by miliantnutcase
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To: RightOnTheBorder
Anyone have a comment on this comment:

"I just love the way the right wing is so proud of what they did the have piss-ants on these sites to lie. The 2010 pollution laws were passed by a republican house, senate and President in 2004."
24 posted on 01/25/2013 12:35:03 PM PST by conservative98
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To: GraceG
Maybe. But it's just not the dealers selling these tuners who can be fined. If it becomes free, the EPA will just go after the indivual truck owners who downloaded and uploaded the programs. $2500 per individual it says.

Section 205 of the Clean Air Act has civil penalties: $2,500 per individual consumer pickup truck owner and $25,000 per vehicle for the dealer or installer.
25 posted on 01/25/2013 1:32:44 PM PST by conservative98
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To: conservative98

They can make one with a toggle or easily swapable with a working one the only way they could check is with a warrant...


26 posted on 01/25/2013 1:34:24 PM PST by GraceG
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

“So if I go out in the garage, crawl under the car with a cut-off wheel and chop out the catalytic converter, and replace it with straight pipe - does the EPA intend to sue GM?”

Actually, I’d recommend just hollowing out the cat instead of replacing it with a test pipe - harder to detect from the outside.

In certain states where they don;t do emission testing there are plenty of shade tree mechanics who will kindly “fix” a plugged up convertor for free....

They get to keep the “leavings” of course.


27 posted on 01/25/2013 1:38:39 PM PST by GraceG
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To: conservative98
Enviornmental protections are necessary.

I can tell you about lead based paint "protections". It used to be the standard was 40 mu/DL. Lead paint has been disappearing for a long time and particularly during the building boom starting in the 90s it's out of many houses or so covered in modern paint as to be encapsulated.

Over that time lead based problems with children's blood plummeted. Just what you'd expect and a good thing. Although, you have to keep in mind that dose makes the poison and some lead dust may have a powerful effect on a baby, but as it grows that effect drops. Few American kids are lead poisoned in a way that affects their growth or cognitive skills. Most poor children lack cognitive skills because they're in an environment populated by imbeciles, government schools and drug abusers. All those factor in, plus imagine a household in which a toddler is so hungry and uncared for that it has time to gnosh on a lead painted window sill. Something else is desperately wrong with that kid, but that's another story of government incompetence and failure.

So things are quickly getting better and the lead problem is fading away rapidly. It's no longer a problem and the measurements show it. Out of no where and without any science to back it up the stardard is lowered to 20 mu/DL of blood. Lead "poisoning" suddenly skyrockets and bureaucratic jobs are saved. Is that the kind of protection we needed? Is it even real or just a bogeyman?

Without some objective stop on the "protection" you get crazy nonsense. At what stage of earth's development to you set your standard? These regulatory agencies suffer two major diseases: regulatory capture - where the regulated control the regulators to such an extent that the "regulation" works to keep out competition; the other is mission creep - where the agencies purpose is no longer relevant or they've "won" and should be shut down.

No one will ever be safe enough, but we're not spewing lead into the air like we used to. Furthermore, despite the massive reduction in lead in the US atmosphere and environment (it's hard to absorb the low-toxic metallic form of lead) there's little evidence we're smarter or healthier.

At what point do you declare victory and move on?

28 posted on 01/26/2013 4:44:50 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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