Mountain Home company named to Justice Department for $1.6 million fine
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A Mountain Home company has been named in a consent decree with the Department of Justice for violating the Clean Air Act.
The company, Thunder Diesel & Performance, has agreed to stop selling devices that bypass or disable a vehicle’s emissions control system. It was named by the Department of Justice along with Red Deer Exhaust, which did business as Flo~Pro Performance Exhaust. The two companies also agreed to pay a $1.6 million fine to resolve allegations that the companies violated the Clean Air Act.
Thunder Diesel was a Flo~Pro distributor in the United States. It has closed its doors and no longer sells auto parts.
The complaint, filed alongside the consent decree, says the two companies sold devices designed to circumvent controls mandated by the Clean Air Act. The Environmental Protection Agency began its investigation into Flo~Pro in 2018 and found the company had sold or manufactured more than 100,000 devices after the market was defeated. It stopped selling the devices in 2019 in the US in a bid to bring itself to count.
The $1.6 million settlement is a reduced amount due to the company’s ability to pay, the Justice Department said.