Late last week, auto giant Fiat Chrysler agreed to pay out $800M to settle an enforcement action with the U.S. government and private lawsuits with car owners, after admitting that they installed emissions test-cheating devices on diesel Jeeps and trucks resulting in an additional 35,000 tons of pollution The company is also required to recall and repair the more than 104,000 out-of-compliance Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks.  Vehicle owners who are part of the private lawsuit (who bought their vehicles between 2014-2016) will get payouts of about $2,800 per owner.  The AP reported that when “asked about the message the settlement would send, acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler responded: ‘Don’t cheat.’”  Hmmm.  Someone at the hearing should ask him about whether he is “cheating” by having EPA staff help him prepare for his confirmation hearing while the government is shut down.

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