Harley Davidson, thanks to the EPA, has $15 million less in their bank account. The result is $12 million in fines and another $3 million going towards environmental efforts in the Harley Davidson Clean Air Act.
The penalty comes from having the “super tuners” which according to the EPA, increases harmful emissions. There were also 12,000 plus Harley Davidson motorcycles sold during 2006 through 2008 without EPA pollution certification.
Below is an excerpt from the EPA website-
(Washington, DC – Aug 18, 2016) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) today announced a settlement with Harley-Davidson, Inc., Harley-Davidson Motor Company Group, LLC, Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Company, Inc., and Harley-Davidson Motor Company Operations, Inc. (collectively Harley-Davidson), that requires the companies to stop selling and to buy back and destroy illegal tuning devices that increase air pollution from their motorcycles, and to sell only tuning devices that are certified to meet Clean Air Act emissions standards. Harley-Davidson will also pay a $12 million civil penalty and spend $3 million on a project to mitigate air pollution through a project to replace conventional woodstoves with cleaner-burning stoves in local communities.
Here is the link to EPA website further explaining the Harley Davidson Clear Air Act.
The three million dollar penalty has since been dropped by the U.S. Department of Justice. No explanation as to why has been made, but, this did come after Harley Davidson announced layoffs. It is believed between 118-180 jobs will be lost. This will occur at the plant in Kansas City where there are six hundred employees. Cuts are also expected at the York, Pennsylvania plant as well.