The Clean Air Act (CAA) is the comprehensive federal law that regulates air emissions from stationary and mobile sources. Among other things, this law authorizes EPA to establish National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) to protect public health and public welfare and to regulate emissions of hazardous air pollutants.
On Wednesday, Ford Motor Company was issued a legal complaint by truck buyers who argued that, despite the appearances and claims of fuel efficiency, the auto maker, like many others, had found a way to cheat the standards. According to this and other lawsuits, Ford had rigged nearly half a million heavy-duty trucks to pass emissions tests even though the trucks were not, in terms of real world driving, capable of passing those tests under normal circumstances. Ford is alleged to have violated consumer laws and falsely advertised a vehicle that was not the same as it was presented. The argument further suggests that Ford has fallen short of the Clean Air Act, which states:
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