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RDI Marine Settles With the EPA in a Case Related to Engines for Bristol Bay Driftnet Vessels

A Seattle company that specializes in marine engines has settled a case with the Environmental Protection Agency related to engines that apparently violated federal clean air rules. The engines were put into 6 commercial fishing vessels that were to be used in Bristol Bay’s massive commercial salmon fishery. As part of the settlement agreement, RDI Marine has agreed to either replace the engines or modify the existing engines to bring them into compliance. The EPA claims the 6 diesel engines were specifically certified for recreational use. The Clean Air Act requires engines for new commercial vessels to be certified for commercial operation. In addition to replacing the non-compliant engines, RDI Marine has agreed to pay a $39-thousand dollar civil penalty.