Cleaire, an innovator of diesel pollution controls closes
Posted February 7, 2013
It’s a sad thing when a green tech company goes under, especially a company like Cleaire that kept its manufacturing domestic and provided high quality pollution controls for diesel engines. According to a letter from the Air Resources Board to vehicle owners using Cleaire devices, the company closed on January 18th.
Like many others, Cleaire was a victim of the economic downturn. In December 2010, when the air board slackened retrofit requirements for diesel trucks and other diesel engines in its rules, it was clear that retrofit manufacturers focused on the California market - like Cleaire was - would struggle. Cleaire employed more than 100 people in what we would consider green collar jobs.
Let us not make this misfortune worse by allowing opportunist and factually-challenged rumors to run amok. Diesel exhaust controls have been proven safe time and again. At least 20 other companies are selling California-verified diesel filters for a wide range of uses. With all of those choices, there are no issues meeting compliance targets for California diesel rules.
California diesel rules will save thousands of lives and cut diesel fuel use by millions of gallons – enabling California to meet federal air quality standards, which ensures the state’s ability to keep critical federal funding. We need to stay on track with these diesel rules.
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