SAN FRANCISCO – The Latest on a solution to emissions problems with Volkswagen’s diesel vehicles (all times local):
A federal judge is giving Volkswagen and regulators a month to provide a specific plan about how they will bring nearly 600,000 diesel cars into compliance with clean air laws following an emissions cheating scandal.
Senior U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said Thursday that he wants to know the timing of the fix and any planned payments to owners by April 21, among other details.
Breyer says former FBI Director Robert Mueller told him Volkswagen, government regulators and attorneys for car owners had made substantial progress toward a resolution that would get the polluting cars off the road.
He did not provide any details.
Breyer appointed Mueller to oversee settlement talks.
Attorneys for Volkswagen are expected to reveal where the company stands on a fix to bring nearly 600,000 diesel cars into compliance with clean air laws.
Senior U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer is scheduled to get an update from the company’s attorneys about its remediation efforts at a status conference on Thursday.
Breyer told Volkswagen attorney Robert Giuffra last month that he wanted to know by Thursday whether Volkswagen had come up with a fix for the cars that was technologically feasible and acceptable to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He warned of consequences if Volkswagen didn’t act quickly.
Volkswagen has been in talks with regulators about a solution for the vehicles. In January, the California Air Resources Board rejected Volkswagen’s recall plan for some of its most popular diesel models.