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EPA, CBP announce results from inspections at ports resulting in hundreds of vehicles seized and exported, significantly reducing air pollution

Contact Information: 
MEDIA CONTACTS: U.S. EPA: Nahal Mogharabi (Mogharabi.nahal@epa.gov)
CBP: Jaime Ruiz (Jaime.i.ruiz@cbp.dhs.gov)

LOS ANGELES - On Thursday, U.S. EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld will join the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to announce the conclusion of a 90 day pilot partnership that resulted in more than 730 items being seized or exported out of the country for violating federal standards, resulting in a significant reduction of harmful air emissions from polluting the United States. The pilot partnership conducted between EPA Region 9 and CBP from June-September 2014 was created to hold importers of foreign-made vehicles and equipment accountable for complying with the EPA's Clean Air Act and CBP's regulatory authority on merchandise importation, re-export, seizure and forfeiture of unlawful products entering the U.S.

EPA inspectors will be at the site conducting a live inspection of new imports that entered through the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

WHO: Jared Blumenfeld, EPA Regional Administrator
Carlos Martel, LA/Long Beach Seaport Director, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

WHAT: Live Import Inspection, Major Enforcement Announcement on Border Inspections

WHEN: Thursday, February 19th
Media Arrival Time: 10:30 A.M.
Event Start Time: 11:00 A.M.

WHERE: Cal-Cartage Warehouse
22351 South Wilmington Ave.

Carson, CA 90745
Please Note: Warehouse is located on the corner of Wilmington Ave and E. 223rd St. The parking entrance is located directly behind the Spires Restaurant off Wilmington Ave.

VISUALS: Event will be held inside CBP Warehouse. Media can view a live inspection of new imports by EPA inspectors and view and ATV, generators and other various vehicle parts seized from past inspections and get technical information from experts.

RSVP REQUIRED: *** Press must bring credentials for access. Please RSVP to Nahal Mogharabi at mogharabi.nahal@epa.gov, or Jaime Ruiz at Jaime.i.ruiz@cbp.dhs.gov