WOODS CROSS — An environmental watchdog group has filed suit against Davis County-based TV personalities who rose to fame by modifying trucks that spew smoke and perform stunts.

Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment has accused frontmen for the Discovery Channel show “Diesel Brothers” of violating both the federal Clean Air Act and the Utah State Implementation Plan.  “Heavy D” David W. Sparks, “Diesel Dave” David Kiley, “Redbeard” Joshua Stuart and “The Muscle” Keaton Hoskins gained a following by modifying vehicles and posting about it on their DieselSellerz.com website, YouTube channel and social media pages.

Some of the group’s posts showed illegally modified vehicles “coal rolling” a Prius and trucks blowing illegal levels of pollution, the lawsuit claims. A few of the posts in question have been deleted from the group’s social media accounts.

The lawsuit accuses the group of selling illegally modified vehicles and emission control defeat devices online. It also claims they created an online marketplace to buy and sell those products through DieselSellerz.com.

Discovery Channel aired a reality show about the “Diesel Brothers” last year. The lawsuit was filed less than a week before the show’s second season starts and amid inversion season on the Wasatch Front. The Diesel Brother’s DieselSellerz website is headquartered at 1955 S. 1800 West in Woods Cross.

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A screengrab of a video being used as evidence against Woods Cross-based DieselSellerz and Diesel Brothers. A lawsuit filed Jan. 10 accuses the group of violating both the federal Clean Air Act and Utah's State Implementation Plan.

A lawsuit filed Jan. 10 in U.S. District Court claims the Diesel Brothers’ activities have exceed federal emissions standards by 30 times or more.

The suit also claims that from November 2011 to the present, Diesel Brothers have “repeatedly violated” Utah’s State Implementation Plan. The plan is designed to improve air quality in the state’s non-attainment areas, which include Davis County.

The suit seeks an injunction against the group to permanently stop tampering with emissions controls, driving tampered vehicles, and selling tampered vehicles and defeat devices. 

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This screen grab of a video posted to You Tube by Davis County-based DieselSellerz shows one of their trucks deliberately blowing smoke at a Prius. The DieselSellerz mechanics later became the stars of the reality TV show, "Diesel Brothers."

The suit also orders the Diesel Brothers to pay a civil penalty of $37,500 to $93,750 per day for each tampered vehicle they’ve owned, operated or built in Utah. It orders another $100,000 for air quality mitigation projects.

Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment first notified the Diesel Brothers of their intent to sue last July. 

Representatives with DieselSellerz in Woods Cross declined to comment on the lawsuit. As of Tuesday afternoon, attorneys for Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment and the Discovery Channel had not responded to requests for comment.

Contact Reporter Leia Larsen at 801-625-4289 or llarsen@standard.net. Follow her on Facebook.com/leiaoutside or on Twitter @LeiaLarsen.

(17) comments

anonymous

these Doctors and Environmental groups are hypocrites , why don't they sue the people spreading the chemtrails all over the world , it is a million times worse than a little diesel fumes

anonymous

Rolling coal isn't a widespread problem. It's a handful of rednecks who are just doing what makes them happy. I have lived in the South my entire life and I've only seen one or two. These men have worked hard - there's absolutely no reason to bring a suit against them with the intent of shutting their business down. I don't like big, lifted trucks - but some do. This angers me.

anonymous

A few rednecks "rolling coal" isn't going to have a significant impact on the environment. These men work hard and are doing what they love. Let them do it.

benwilliams20

I am a mechanic with ase certification in engine performance. No that is not making cars go faster. It is how your engine performes and what emissions functions they have. In my studies in school and independent research of how the gas and diesel engines perform longevity and the emissions they emit. All this information is in any automotive related material such as books. IF you dont want to read a book you can learn about engines there are alot of good websites most of them geared towards children to help you understand how a internal combustion engine works. As to lead and chemicals and polution caused by these items and their manufacturing just look on any environmental website the tree huggers can help you with that.

anonymous

Got proof of this claim? Or any other of the claims you make? There's a big difference between opinions and facts, just fyi.

benwilliams20

I am for clean air control but I would like to line up all you people who are driving with check engine lights on or operating a vehicle with over one hundred thousand miles on it and compare that to how many people drive coal rolling trucks. One gas operated vehicle with high miles is more emediatly detrimental to the air than three coal rolling trucks. Stiffer penalties for faulty gas vehicles is what we need and no temp tags you know when your car is due so you can fix it before that time and if you cant afford to fix it ride the bus. I know you will say how is a gas car more detramental to the environment? Well diesel exhaust is mostly particulates that enters the open air at first but settles to the ground afterwords. Gas exhaust is mostly greenhouse gasses that go into the open air and stay in the air. If you want to start fixing the environment require all vehicles be diesel better fuel mileage and longer lasting engines. Less fuel per mile is less pollutant per mile longer lasting engines means less polutants. Oh and you hybrid and electric car people to produce maintain and and dispose of the lead and chemicals that are in your batteries they create more hazardous waste than 20 diesel trucks create in a lifetime.

anonymous

Ah.Stupid people.Interesting.......

billgar68

If they're doing it on the highway they should be charged with reckless endangerment.

anonymous

I don't get how these people don't get tickets. If I modify my gas powered vehicle and it produces all kinds of smoke or my emissions system isn't working I'll probably be pulled over and given a citation. These people are intentionally modifying their vehicles to produce more smoke. As others mentioned, it is also a traffic hazard if the smoke impairs vision or people are trying to avoid inhaling the fumes while driving.

jlhart

Coal rolling?Well, I guess it gives people that don't own books something to do.

anonymous

I own diesel equipment, and I would never own a Prius, but I think there should be severe penalties for drivers, owners and shops involved with "coal rolling". These types of particles are highly carcinogenic and can reach deep in the lungs. Coal rolling can emit tens of thousands of times higher concentrations of these particles than even an old well maintained diesel truck, and they emit at a height above ground where they are more likely to be inhaled by other drivers and passengers.As the Utah Legislature is about to convene I'd like to call on them to toughen the penalties for this behavior that shows callous disregard for human life as follows.First offense. The state impounds the vehicle and repairs it. The owner must attend a class on the health effects and the legal penalties for continued violations. The owner must pay for the repairs to get the vehicle back, and agree in writing to not break this law again.Second offense. Seizure and forfeiture of the vehicle, and one year in jail for the owner and the shop who made the modificationsThird offense for owners, drivers or shops convicted of coal rolling or modifying vehicles to coal roal. Capital punishment. The offender clearly has no regard for human life, and repeatedly engages in behavior that condemns others to a slow and painful death by lung cancer and COPD.

anonymous

The method being used to test will not produce the results required to reduce pollutants. For newer vehicles they will plug into diagnostics which is basically the same as a check engine light. It will also include a visual inspection. The chips and modifications are easily disabled and removed for inspection. What the new policy accomplishes is another overbearing requirement that punishes the multitude for the actions of the few with no result. In anticipation of your next question, I do advocate clean air initiatives but feel this was an overreach that was enacted to appease a few disingenuous people.

billgar68

When these guys do this on the freeway, they're guilty of reckless endangerment in my book. I've seen trucks hit the gas and belch so much smoke that you can't see for 2 seconds or more. You can travel the length of a football field in that amount of time.

anonymous

Utah physicians for a healthy environment is the same group of extremist that skewed and exaggerated data to influence Weber county to implement the ineffective diesel emissions testing. Diesel Brothers and people like them that modify trucks for the purpose of blowing smoke and the inconsiderate adolescents that drive these trucks gave them every tool and reason to do so. Who's to blame, the Jerks or the Jerks. Sue away. At least this time you are going after the true culprit.

ihueton

So, diesel trucks don't pollute at all? Should we not bother testing any vehicles for emissions? Unclear what your plan is.

ihueton

You make a good point there. It seems like there are no penalties right now for having a chip and using it illegally. The lawsuit mentioned above may change that. I do think that many people don't pay a ton of attention to their vehicle's performance until the annual inspection comes around, so really it's the only time to encourage them to ensure that it is running efficiently and cleanly. Many people would do the right thing on their own, but many wouldn't. Having annual inspections (like on gas cars) seems to be the least painful way to ensure that vehicles are kept tuned up. I'd be interested to hear ideas on another way to manage this problem (other than annual inspections, which is the norm all across the country).

anonymous

I agree there are many who don't maintain their vehicles. Diesel engines are a little different but that could be said about all newer vehicles. Maintenence intervals are much longer than they were when emissions testing was first implemented. I would like to see objective data on unmodified vehicles that are less than 10 years old. It's been my experience that very few fail. A diesel starts getting poor milage if it needs maintenance. Most have a 100k warranty that cover other than routine maintenance. At any rate, if the check engine light goes on, most people would get it checked. I believe that checks and balances are in place on newer vehicles other than the ones that have been modified and again it's easy to game the test with the rolling coal Jerks.

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