US: EPA investigation in jeopardy if House panel gets details of VW cheats

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According to a couple of senior officials from the Environmental Protection Agency claim US lawmakers can’t be briefed on the latest details concerning the agency’s probe of Volkswagen. The House oversight panel has called for Thursday a hearing concerning VW’s dieselgate scandal but the EPA officials claim divulging the latest details would jeopardize the investigation. They also declared in written testimony submitted ahead of the proceeds that Volkswagen AG hid information concerning its strategy to dupe regulators on diesel emissions even after the increased emissions levels were discovered and the company confronted. Volkswagen has admitted last month it had used software to cheat on diesel emission tests in the United States, rigging almost 500,000 cars in the process. The scandal has turned into the biggest crisis faced by the 78-year old company when it also acknowledged it had installed the rigged software in up to 11 million autos around the world. The EPA is now probing the case alongside the US Department of Justice. “At this point, we are unable to provide further details of the investigation because the release of such information could jeopardize this ongoing enforcement investigation,” read the testimony prepared by the EPA officials – Christopher Grundler, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, and Phillip Brooks, director of the Air Enforcement Division’s Office of Civil Enforcement. They have both been called to deliver testimony Thursday in front of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. The US lawmakers intend to find out what Volkswagen did and how the EPA was unable to uncover the ploy that began back in 2008. Via Reuters