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EPA Conducted Confirmatory Testing

Categories: Environment,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Transportation

Letter sent to vehicle manufacturers announcing additional evaluations of emissions devices designed to look for potential “defeat” devices. Follows revelation that Volkswagen diesel vehicles were equipped with software that turns emissions controls on and off to fool tests. From the Environment Protection Agency


EPA Notice of Violation [to VW]

Categories: Environment,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Transportation

EPA letter to VW officials notifying them of the ongoing investigation of their emissions control systems and the nature of the alleged violations. From the Environmental Protection Agency


Passenger Travel Facts and Figures 2015

Categories: Environment,Recreation/Travel,Statistics,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

Calls itself a snapshot of the characteristics and trends of personal travel in the United States, the network through which passenger travel takes place, and related economic, safety, and environmental aspects of passenger travel. From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics


EPA, California Notify Volkswagen of Clean Air Act Violations

Categories: Environment,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Transportation!OpenDocument

Agency press release which announced the violations of federal emissions standards by Volkswagen diesel engine vehicles from model years 2009-2015 which included software designed to trick emissions tests. From the Environmental Protection Agency


U.S. Attorney … Announces Criminal Charges Against General Motors and Deferred Prosecution Agreement with $900 Million Forfeiture

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt/Business Scandals,Transportation

Agency press release on actions of U.S. government against General Motors for concealing defects in ignition switches which are blamed for 15 deaths and many serious injuries. From the U.S. Department of Justice


Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Commercial Outlook for a New Industry

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology,Transportation

The value of worldwide drone or UAS development is expected to grow from $4 billion to $14 billion annually over the next decade, but the lack of a regulatory framework is slowing commercial development. This report describes current UAS manufacturing, provides a profile of commercial applications, and factors affecting growth prospects. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Legal Aspects of Unmanned Systems: Part 1: Civilian Uses

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology,Transportation

Looks at the potential civilian uses for unmanned drone or robotic systems technologies such as package delivery, search and rescue operations, and wildlife conservation, and the legal aspects relating to privacy, security, and safety.  From the Law Library of the Library of Congress


Encounters with Unmanned Aircraft

Categories: Homeland Security,Transportation

List of encounters between aircraft and drones reported by pilots and citizens from November 2014 to August 2015.  From the Federal Aviation Administration


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