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EPA Emissions Tampering Enforcement Goal at Risk: Watchdog (1)

Jan. 25, 2023, 6:36 PMUpdated: Jan. 25, 2023, 11:01 PM

Inconsistent communication and the need for more technical training is hindering the EPA’s emissions defeat devices enforcement program, according to the agency’s independent watchdog.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance is at risk of falling short on commitments to crack down on devices and tampered vehicles that skirt around emissions compliance, the Office of Inspector General wrote in a report released Wednesday.

The plans are part of 40 “measures and deliverables” laid out in a National Compliance Initiative, or NCI, for 2020-2023, but the inspector general found that the agency isn’t on track to carry out ...