Air pollution can potentially harm the health of millions of people, but it can sometimes be difficult to prove whether or not a person is intentionally violating regulations. One group of environmentalists from Utah believes that online videos provide enough evidence to sue members of a reality television show. The members of the “Diesel Brothers” show is being sued because Utah-based physicians believe that their show is teaching people how to illegally modify diesel trucks.
Diesel Brothers Sued for Allegedly Teaching Audience to Violate Pollution Laws
Diesel Brothers is a popular reality television show that follows the antics of a group of diesel truck enthusiasts. The four men, known as Diesel Dave, Heavy D, The Muscle, and Redbeard, modify regular trucks to make them bigger and more powerful. The funny stunts and tricked out trucks have drawn many viewers.
The Diesel Brother’s newfound fame has drawn some unwanted attention to their practices. Truck modification might seem like harmless fun, but many environmentalists are strongly against diesel engines. Diesel engines are responsible for over two thirds of all air pollution emissions in the United States, so there are strict regulations in place.
A group called the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment claims that the Diesel Brothers regularly modify engines to produce more roughly 30 times more pollution than legally allowed. On Tuesday, they filed a lawsuit against all four members of the Diesel Brothers and their Utah based businesses. Executive director of the group, Denni Cawley, said,
It’s hard to think that there is a business that is really making a profit out of putting a health risk for their families and the community.
The lawsuit alleges that the Diesel Brothers (and, by extension, the Discovery Channel) have online videos which teach diesel enthusiasts how to bypass emission’s control systems on diesel trucks. The stars of the reality television show also have an online website where they sell these modified diesel trucks to consumers.
People in Utah report that they keep seeing diesel trucks spouting massive clouds of black smoke near the Diesel Brothers’ shops. This much pollution could be causing many environmental issues in the area. The group suing the reality show members tried to negotiate with the Diesel Brothers before the lawsuit, but they say that the men were never really interested in stopping their behaviors.
The Utah Physicians group is using the United States Clean Air Act as the basis for their lawsuit. This federal law contains comprehensive regulations on air pollutants, and it gives private citizens the right to sue people who have violated the federal air standards and harmed others through this violation.
The Utah Physicians group says that their main goal is not to make money or harm the reality television show, and they just want to stop the production and sale of these illegally modified trucks. In order to win the lawsuit, the Utah Physicians will just need to prove that the Diesel Brothers are violating Utah emissions laws and that this violation is causing problematic pollution in the state. If they win, they can force the Diesel Brothers to comply with state regulations.
What’s Next for the Diesel Brothers and the Discovery Channel
So far the members of the Diesel Brothers have declined to commit on the lawsuit, and the Discovery Channel is still running the show. However, this lawsuit could end up having a very large impact on their fame. The legal precedents behind the lawsuit make it likely that the Utah Physicians could win. Even if the Diesel Brothers are acquitted, this lawsuit could potentially damage the show’s reputation enough to cause a cancellation.
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