Monday, December 27, 2004

Dirty diesel done 'nano' cheap?

Cops search Mitsui, PUREarth over filter scam (Daily Yomiuri)

    Metropolitan Police Department officers Monday searched Tokyo-based major trading house Mitsui & Co., which sold below-standard diesel particulate filters (DPFs), and its subsidiary PUREarth Inc., which manufactured the filters, on suspicion of fraud.

    The MPD will analyze confiscated documents from more than 10 locations, including Mitsui's head office, and interview employees to shed light on the fabrication of DPF data to meet Tokyo metropolitan government gas emission restriction standards and determine whether the deception was organized.

    According to the police, former employees of the two companies in charge of DPF production defrauded the Tokyo Transportation Bureau out of about 75 million yen in February 2003 by selling filters for 62 of the metropolitan government's buses.

    In February 2002, the employees fabricated DPF function data and won recognition from the metropolitan government in April the same year for creating a device that met particulate reduction requirements, the police said. Mitsui submitted fabricated data to the metropolitan government in July 2002 and January 2003, the police said.

    ... About 40 police officers entered the main entrance of Mitsui's head office at about 9 a.m. Monday to search the building, focusing on the 17th floor, where the nanotechnology development department, which designed the DPF, is located. More here

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