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Pallone Statement on Alleged Volkswagen Clean Air Act Violations

Sep 18, 2015
Press Release

Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following statement today in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s notice alleging that Volkswagen knowingly violated the Clean Air Act by using software in its cars that circumvents emissions standards testing for certain air pollutants:  

“The integrity of the Clean Air Act is crucial to protecting public health for all Americans.  If Volkswagen willfully sought to evade the Clean Air Act and fraudulently sold cars to millions of consumers with this technology, EPA should pursue the most severe action possible to deter others from doing the same. 

“Such deceitful actions violated the law and misled consumers, while other law abiding companies were disadvantaged and the public health was put at risk.  We must ensure that this does not happen again and that consumers can trust the products that they buy.”