Deere agrees to one million dollar fine for air quality violations

Waterloo, Iowa – Deere and Company has agreed to pay a one million dollar fine for violation air quality regulations.

The Iowa Attorney General’s office worked out the settlements that spokesman  Lynn Hicks, says involved violations while they tested diesel engines at their performance center in Cedar Falls.


The DNR discovered that Deere had been providing incorrect information and violating emissions limits since 2006. The Performance Engineering Center’s emissions permits were based on the assumption that Deere would use lower-emitting engines, but in reality it used higher-emitting engines that emitted more nitrogen oxides. Hicks says the violations went on for more than a decade.


Hick says Deere agreed not to contest the allegations as part of the settlement with the state.


The one million dollar fine is required under Iowa law to go into a special fund.

The settlement was entered into Black Hawk County District Court today Thursday.


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