Emissions scandal gets legs Of note: SM is denying that the company had a cheat device; so is the EPA. That's not the issue. States and other agencies are now involved, so the proposed deletion of the EPA won’t make a difference (one bill at committee removes the agency entirely while the last budget plan I heard cuts its budget by 24%). Before anyone gets any ideas, my personal belief is they were rushed and cut corners and made bad decisions — no nefarious intent. However, I suspect SM also tried stretching out negotiations on the assumption that Trump would step in and solve the problem, and the EPA caught wise. Or maybe SM was not thinking that but the EPA guys assumed he would. Anyway, here it is.