$4.4 million in penalties possible against Diesel Brothers for Clean Air Act violations

Posted by: Jose Corona on 11/16/2021

When you see some things cross the news, you really have to scratch your head and wonder exactly what’s going on. This time, we have quite a news story that might just catch you a little bit off guard. If you’re a fan of the Diesel Brothers television show on Discovery Channel, you might find this to be one that you’re interested in. It just so happens that the Diesel Brothers’ names have been making headlines and not for reasons that you might expect them to. It isn’t because of one of their latest builds or some company that they’re working with but instead for another reason entirely.

SALT LAKE CITY — Attorneys for an environmental group have recommended that a maximum $4.4 million in Clean Air Act penalties could be assessed against the Diesel Brothers reality TV stars for rigging diesel pickup trucks to foil pollution controls.

Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment urged U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby in court documents last week to impose penalties up to that amount against the truck builders for illegally modifying or selling 20 trucks and selling “defeat devices” to truck owners nationwide.

But attorneys for the Diesel Brothers disputed the number of violations that were committed and argued that significant penalties would “devastate” the local businesses operated by the defendants. They said penalties are justified for $581,000 at most.

The Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment say that they “are very concerned about this. Especially when you take into account that the diesel emissions from just one of these tampered or deleted trucks is equivalent to more than 30 of the original stock versions of these diesel trucks.” It’s a pretty crazy lawsuit to say the least but I guess in this day and age, you can truly sue anybody for just about anything. UPHE Definitely does have a case here but it’s not clear how much legal footing their case will actually bear when it goes to trial. What do you think of the story and how do you think of this one is going to turn out for all parties involved?