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Committee Leaders Request Documents from Volkswagen as Investigation Continues

Sep 29, 2015
Press Release
Leaders Also Seek Briefing from EPA

WASHINGTON, DC – Bipartisan House Energy and Commerce Committee Leaders today requested information from Volkswagen and the Environmental Protection Agency regarding Volkswagen’s alleged efforts to circumvent emissions requirement for certain models of diesel engine passenger vehicles. Today’s requests come on the heels of last week’s announcement that the committee will soon hold a hearing to review the facts and circumstances regarding Volkswagen’s reported Clean Air Act violations.

“It seems Volkswagen had a dirty little secret, and it’s not just consumers who are feeling betrayed. There are many unanswered questions and we will get the facts and the answers that the American people deserve,” said full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA).

Full committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-CO) added, “The Clean Air Act has been put in place for very good reason—to protect the public health and keep Americans safe.  It is the law of the land, and we must make sure that EPA has the tools necessary to enforce these policies and also detect any fraud that may be occurring.  We will continue to investigate this deceptive activity on the part of Volkswagen to ensure that these blatant violations do not happen again and consumers can trust the products that they buy.” 

The letters were signed by Upton, Pallone, Murphy, and DeGette.

The letters request the information and documents by October 13, 2015.

To read the letter to Volkswagen, click here.

To read the letter to EPA, click here.