[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 216 (Friday, November 7, 2014)]
[Pages 66405-66406]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-26512]



Notice of Lodging of Proposed Consent Decree Under the Clean Air 

    Notice is hereby given that, for a period of 30 days, the United 
States will receive public comments on a proposed Consent Decree in 
United States et al. v. Hyundai Motor Company et al. (Civil Action No. 
1:14-cv-1837), which was lodged with the United States District Court 
for the District of Columbia on November 3, 2014. The complaint was 
filed on the same day.
    In the complaint, the United States seeks civil penalties and 
injunctive relief pursuant to Sections 203, 204, and 205 of the Clean 
Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7522, 7523, and 7524, against Hyundai Motor Company, 
Hyundai Motor America, Kia Motors Corporation, Kia Motors America, and 
Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (collectively, ``Defendants'') 
for violations of the Act. The California Air Resources Board joins the 
United States as co-plaintiff and seeks civil penalties for related 
violations of California Health and Safety Code Section 43212. The 
violations arise from the Defendants' introduction into commerce in the 
United States of over one million motor vehicles from model years 2012 
and 2013 that were not covered by Certificates of Conformity as 
required by the Act and regulations promulgated thereunder. The 
vehicles belong to six car lines: Hyundai's Accent, Elantra, Veloster, 
and Santa Fe, and Kia's Soul and Rio. Under the settlement, the 
Defendants will pay a civil penalty of $100 million, with $93,656,600 
paid to the United States, and $6,343,400 paid to the California Air 
Resources Board. The Defendants will also reduce the number of 
greenhouse gas emission credits claimed in their Averaging, Banking, 
and Trading reports by a total of 4.75 million credits. The Defendants 
are also required to perform additional corrective measures, including 
auditing of their vehicles and improving testing and data management 

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    The publication of this notice opens a period for public comment on 
the proposed Consent Decree. Comments should be addressed to the 
Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, 
and should refer to United States et al. v. Hyundai Motor Company et 
al. (Civil Action No. 1:14-cv-1837), D.J. Ref. No. 90-5-2-1-10753. All 
comments must be submitted no later than thirty (30) days after the 
publication date of this notice. Comments may be submitted either by 
email or by mail:

         To submit comments:                     Send them to:
By e-mail...........................  pubcomment-ees.enrd@usdoj.gov.
By mail.............................  Assistant Attorney General, U.S.
                                       DOJ--ENRD, P.O. Box 7611,
                                       Washington, DC 20044-7611.

    During the public comment period, the proposed Consent Decree may 
be examined and downloaded at this Justice Department Web site: http://www.usdoj.gov/enrd/Consent_Decrees.html. We will provide a paper copy 
of the proposed Consent Decree upon written request and payment of 
reproduction costs. Please mail your request and payment to: Consent 
Decree Library, U.S. DOJ--ENRD, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044-
    Please enclose a check or money order for $11.00 (25 cents per page 
reproduction cost) payable to the United States Treasury.

Maureen Katz,
Assistant Section Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment 
and Natural Resources Division.
[FR Doc. 2014-26512 Filed 11-6-14; 8:45 am]