Volkswagen and EPA to Testify as Investigation of VW Emissions Issues Continues
WASHINGTON, DC – As part of its ongoing investigation into Volkswagen’s emissions issues, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), has scheduled a hearing for Thursday, October 8, at 10 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Volkswagen’s Emissions Cheating Allegations: Initial Questions.”
Volkswagen Group of America President and CEO Michael Horn and the Environmental Protection Agency are scheduled to testify as the subcommittee investigates Volkswagen’s alleged efforts to circumvent emissions requirements for certain models of diesel engine passenger vehicles. Members are working to understand the facts and circumstances surrounding Volkswagen’s reported Clean Air Act violations and what they mean for consumers and the general public.
“There are serious issues raised by reports that Volkswagen installed so-called ‘defeat-devices’ in some of their diesel vehicles to circumvent decades old rules in place to protect public health,” said Murphy. “The American people want to know why these devices were in place, how the decision was made to install them, and how they went undetected for so long. We will get them those answers.”
“The very notion of a carmaker intentionally violating our environmental laws is beyond belief. Those of us from Michigan take great pride in having a hand in many of the cars on the road today and we appreciate the challenges automakers face to meet consumer demands year after year,” added full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). “But reports of Volkswagen selling cars with devices aimed at skirting the law cannot, and will not be tolerated. Attempting to deceive regulators and customers is a double whammy of betrayal. We will get to the bottom of this.”
On Tuesday, Upton and Murphy along with full committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and subcommittee Ranking Member Dianna DeGette (D-CO) wrote to Volkswagen and the EPA requesting information about these issues. More on the committee’s letters here.
The Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.