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Thursday, 15 October 2020

Californian regulator urges carmakers to self-report potential emissions offences

The California Air Resources Board (Carb) said in a 14 October statement that it has contacted car and engine manufacturers in the US to encourage them to voluntarily disclose if they are using emissions cheating devices to potentially qualify for reduced penalties.

The air quality regulator urged companies to self-report potential breaches by the end of the year and said it has more emissions cheating investigations pending.

Carb has reached multi-million dollar settlements with carmakers Volkswagen, Daimler and Fiat Chrysler over their alleged use of emissions cheating devices.

The agency said it is close to opening a new testing facility that will give it a greater ability to detect emissions cheating devices.

No evidence Eni CEO took part in bribery scheme, says lawyer

A lawyer for Claudio Descalzi, the CEO of Italian oil company Eni, told a Milan court that there is no evidence her client took part in a corrupt scheme to secure rights to a lucrative Nigerian oilfield. 

Paola Severino of Studio Legale of Avv Paola Severino in Rome reportedly told the court on 14 October that the case against her client is made up of “suggestive elements” aimed to paper over a “lack of evidence”.

Milan prosecutors allege that Eni and Dutch oil company Shell, as well as executives from both companies, arranged to pay bribes to Nigerian politicians to win the rights to the OPL245 oil field in 2011. All parties have pleaded not guilty. 

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