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Upton, Murphy Announce Hearing on Volkswagen Emissions Issues

Sep 21, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA) today announced that the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will hold a hearing in the coming weeks on recently discovered issues with Volkswagen diesel engines (sold from 2008-2015) that resulted in emissions levels exceeding state and federal limits throughout the United States.

“Strong emissions standards are in place to ensure that the air we breathe is clean. Manufacturers throughout the United States, and across the world, have developed leading technologies to reduce airborne emissions within the limits set by EPA and state environmental agencies. However, reported EPA allegations that certain Volkswagen models contained software to defeat auto emissions tests raise serious questions,” said Upton and Murphy. “We will follow the facts. We are also concerned that auto consumers may have been deceived – that what they were purchasing did not come as advertised. The American people deserve answers and assurances that this will not happen again. We intend to get those answers.”

More information about the Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee’s hearing, including date, time, a background memo, and witness list and testimony, will be posted here as they are available.

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