Minnesota sues EPA over rollback of vehicle emission rules

California Sues Trump Administration Over Car Emissions Rules

California, 16 other states sue Trump administration over EPA's weakened car emissions targets

New York, Illinois, Washington, Massachusetts, Iowa, Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland and other states are joining the action.

The EPA hasn't said if the CARB waiver would be renewed, only that "it is still being reexamined".

A final proposal is expected to be issued within the next week, though in an e-mail to the Los Angeles Times, EPA spokesperson Liz Bowman would only say that, "The Agency is continuing to work with NHTSA to develop a joint proposed rule and is looking forward to the interagency process".

One effect of a rollback would be to "arbitrarily and capriciously" cancel an agreement California and the environmental agency hashed out several years ago to harmonize their emissions standards so auto and truck makers wouldn't have to deal with two conflicting sets of rules.

In announcing the lawsuit, California Gov. The finalized agreement required automakers design and manufacture vehicles with an average fuel efficiency standard of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, doubling the average of vehicles manufactured in 2008. The report finds that EPA's basis for withdrawing the standards is not grounded in fact or in economic analysis. Furthermore, they hold that the EPA under Pruitt violated the Clean Air Act and didn't follow its own regulations. "Regulate carbon pollution from vehicles", California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said at a press conference on Tuesday.

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California, along with 16 other states and the District of Columbia, is suing the Environmental Protection Agency over its rollback of clean vehicle rules passed during the Obama administration. Reuters has reported the draft would assert that a 1975 law bars California from imposing its own state emissions rules, as it has long done nonetheless.

"This phalanx of states will defend the nation's clean vehicle standards to boost gas mileage and curb toxic air pollution", California Gov.

Bevans' reading of California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichol's comments on the lawsuit drew enthusiastic applause from an audience made up largely of trucking company and truck and engine manufacturing executives and clean truck technology and fuel developers. At the time, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt dubbed the Obama administration's decision "politically charged", saying it ignored the reality of imposing the new rules on carmakers.

The lawsuit by 17 states and the District of Columbia was filed in a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. In addition, the states accuse the EPA with failing to provide any proof to justify its decision, which in effect declared that the objectives laid down by the Obama administration were too severe. But before the lawsuit ended, Obama took office and granted the waiver, setting in motion the standards that the Trump administration is now trying to roll back. It was first promulgated in recognition of the state's pioneering auto-emissions regulations (in response to the state's famously horrific smog problem), even before 1970.

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