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Environment

U.S. Justice Department drops $3 million Harley-Davidson emissions penalty

FILE PHOTO: A detail of a commuter's Harley-Davidson motorcycle is photographed in Melbourne, Australia, June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department on Thursday announced it has dropped a requirement that Harley-Davidson Inc spend $3 million to reduce air pollution as part of a settlement the Obama administration announced in August.

Last year, the Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker agreed to pay a $12 million civil fine and stop selling illegal after-market devices that cause its vehicles to emit too much pollution and spend about $3 million to retrofit or replace wood-burning appliances with cleaner stoves.

The Justice Department in a court filing cited a new policy from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and an ongoing review of the penalty by a government auditor in dropping the $3 million penalty from the settlement.

Reporting by David Shepardson

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