Washington State Files Violation Notice Against VW

"Volkswagen broke the trust of consumers and exposed people to harmful pollution," said Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon. "Their actions violated our state's laws, and we're taking action.

The Washington Department of Ecology announced Nov. 16 that it has issued a formal notice to Volkswagen AG, Audi, and Volkswagen Group of America that they have violated the Washington Clean Air Act by installing "defeat" software in some diesel-engine vehicles in order to fraudulently pass emissions tests. Ecology said this action is "the first step in an enforcement action that could result in sizable penalties."

"Volkswagen broke the trust of consumers and exposed people to harmful pollution," said Ecology Director Maia Bellon. "Their actions violated our state's laws, and we're taking action."

According to the agency, Washington state, 46 other states, and the District of Columbia are investigating and may take action against Volkswagen. This follows EPA's notice of Sept. 18, 2015, to VW that it violated the federal Clean Air Act. EPA later issued a second notice of violation alleging more vehicle models have the defeat software installed, according to Ecology.

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