Diesel Brothers is a popular Discovery Channel show. Basically, the crew modifies customized diesel trucks and holds sweepstakes to give those trucks away to lucky winners.
However, climate change and global warming are always in the news right now. The stars of the reality show have now been told by a federal court to pay fines of up to $848,000. This is to be paid to the US Government and a Utah county too.
This ruling is over the Diesel Brothers crew reportedly blatantly violating air pollution laws. Consequently, the reality stars are now appealing the ruling.
Diesel Brothers fined for around 400 Clean Air Act violations
US District Judge Robert Shelby of Salt Lake City makes the ruling during March this year. The ruling affects Keaton “The Muscle” Hoskins, David “Heavy D” Sparks, Joshua “Redbeard” Stuart, and other stars of the show.
The Diesel Brothers crew stands accused of around 400 Clean Air Act violations. These violations include the installation and sale of devices that deliberately defeat legal emission controls. The tweeted image below clearly demonstrates this fact.
The stars of the Discovery Channel show “The Diesel Brothers” are being ordered to pay $851,451 after a judge found that they were removing required emissions equipment from people’s Diesel trucks, in violation of the Clean Air Act. pic.twitter.com/BnA6WvSQkn
— Third Row Tesla Podcast (@thirdrowtesla) March 10, 2020
As noted by KUTV, most of the $848,000 is set to go to the federal government. However, a further $90,000 will be for the Davis County Tampered Diesel Truck Restoration Program.
At this time, Judge Shelby also issues a permanent injunction. Effectively, this bars the stars of Diesel Brothers from making further violations of the act. Most importantly to the crew, should this ruling succeed, this is likely to pretty much kill the reality show.
Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment started the battle
How did it all start? Basically, back in 2016, the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment spots the reality show on the Discovery Channel. At that time, the group notes the smoke-spewing diesel trucks featuring on the show. Therefore, the group decides to sue Diesel Brothers under the Clean Air Act. This act allows civil damages against violators.
Most importantly, the group of doctors goes on to prove that the stars of the show do cause irreparable injury to the health of residents in the area. This is because the high content of pollutants spewed from the customized diesel trucks affects them negatively.
Diesel Brothers launch appeal
During this last week, the Diesel Brothers crew goes on to file a notice of appeal in the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals. So far this week, there is no news of a hearing date in the Denver, Colorado, court. There should be more news to come on that.
The stars’ defense attorney, Cole Cannon, writes an official statement relating to the appeal. It reads, “We believe there is a circuit split in law regarding the ability of private parties to bring cases under the (Clean Air Act).” Cannon goes on to write that the 4th and 9th circuits have different standards of review. He further notes the 10th circuit is yet to rule on the issue.
As of now, there is no immediate response from Reed Zars. He is the attorney representing the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment. Watch an excerpt from an episode of Diesel Brothers in the video below.