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Technology DOJ reportedly ends antitrust investigation over reducing car pollution

02:25  08 february  2020
02:25  08 february  2020 Source:   engadget.com

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That was quickly followed by word of a Department of Justice antitrust investigation into the move, however today the New York Times reports it has come to an end , finding that the companies didn't break any laws by voluntarily agreeing to try to reduce the pollution created by their vehicles.

The Justice Department has ended its antitrust investigation of automakers who formed a voluntary deal with California to reduce air pollution — a probe Gavin Newsom had attacked the DOJ inquiry as politically motivated and part of a pattern in President Donald Trump's feud with the state over

Last year the Trump Administration sought to roll back the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan that pushed for higher fuel efficiency standards. It has also tried to stop states from like California from setting their own standards that exceed those of the federal government. Despite that, several automakers, including Ford, BMW, Volkswagen and Honda, voluntarily reached an agreement with the state of California on a slightly lower target.

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That was quickly followed by word of a Department of Justice antitrust investigation into the move, however today the New York Times reports it has come to an end, finding that the companies didn't break any laws by voluntarily agreeing to try to reduce the pollution created by their vehicles.

New York Times

Justice Department notifies four automakers it has dropped antitrust investigation .
The Justice Department notified four major automakers that it has closed an antitrust investigation involving the companies, launched after they rejected the Trump administration's relaxed air pollution and mileage regulations, a department official told CNN. The Department of Justice opened the antitrust investigation last year into BMW, Ford, Honda and Volkswagen and after they agreed to meet the tougher standards set by the California Air Resources Board rather than the administration's rules, which would roll back standards put in place under former President Barack Obama.

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