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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS: Christopher Grundler, Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, EPA
 
EPA auto emissions boss Christopher Grundler, 58, is a repeat All-Star, and for similar reasons to his nod last year: keeping the pressure on automakers to play by the rules when it comes to clean air.

Grundlerís office, the California Air Resources Board and Environment Canada are conducting an industrywide probe for software designed to cheat emissions rules. The probe was prompted by the discovery of such software on some 482,000 Volkswagen 2.0-liter diesels by researchers at West Virginia University, but it was the EPAís violation notice that plunged VW into a scandal.

Are the clean-air rules tough? You bet.

But VWís deceit gave it an unfair advantage. At a time when all automakers are spending billions on cleaner vehicles, the playing field has to be level. Thatís Grundlerís mission.