US Accuses Volkswagen of Evading Clean Air Laws

US Accuses Volkswagen of Evading Clean Air Laws
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered German automaker Volkswagen to recall nearly 500,000 vehicles for intentionally violating clean air laws.

The EPA said Friday that Volkswagen has installed so-called "defeat device" software in its diesel-powered cars that only turn on its pollution emissions controls when the car is undergoing mandatory testing, meaning the controls are completely off during everyday driving.  

The agency says the cars emit nitrogen oxide up to 40 times above the limits allowed under the federal Clean Air Act.  Nitrogen oxide is a major component of smog and has been linked to asthma and other respiratory illnesses.

"We expected better from Volkswagen," said Cynthia Giles, the EPA's assistant administrator for enforcement. Environmental regulators in California have issued a separate notice to Volkswagen, and is joining the EPA and the U.S. Justice Department in an investigation of the charges.  

Volkswagen issued a statement saying it was cooperating with the investigation.  

The cars, sold in the U.S. between 2009 and 2015, include such popular models as the Jetta, Beetle, Passat and the Audi A3.  The EPA has ordered Volkswagen to fix the cars at its own expense, and could impose an $18 billion fine on the company, which equals $37,500 for each recalled vehicle.  

Frank O'Donnell, the director of Clean Air Watch, called the charges against the automaker "truly appalling," and said it was "cheating not just car buyers but the breathing public."


Coca-Cola Says IRS Demanding $3.3B in Taxes
Coca-Cola Co. says it has received notice from the Internal Revenue Service that it owes about $3.3 billion in extra taxes, plus interest.

In a securities filing, the soft drink giant said Friday that it was fighting the huge bill.

Coke said the dispute relates to how it reports income from foreign licensing of manufacturing, distribution, sale, marketing and promotion of products in overseas markets.

The company said it had followed the methodology for the licenses outlined in a 1996 agreement with the IRS.

It said the IRS had given little warning of the claim before issuing it, and had already told Coca-Cola it was weighing going to court to collect the funds.

"The company firmly believes that the assessments are without merit and plans to pursue all administrative and judicial remedies necessary to resolve this matter," Coke said in the filing.
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