Trump to Seek Repeal of California's Smog-Fighting Power

Trump to Seek Repeal of California's Smog-Fighting Power

"And that's exactly what the EPA is proposing to do now".

The White House announcement awaits a final review by several agencies involved, including the EPA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Office of Management and Budget.

In addition, the Trump administration's plan will seek to revoke a waiver that the EPA granted California in the 1970s, which lets the California Air Resource Board (CARB) set its own emissions standards, even if they're stricter than those of the federal government.

Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia were allowed to adopt any of the standards adopted by the State of California.

The administration's latest step effectively ends any chance of a deal ahead of the plan's public rollout.

Trump will seek to revoke California's authority to regulate automobile emissions, including its mandate for electric vehicle sales.

The state's 2009 waiver under the Clean Air Act has allowed California to set emissions rules for cars and trucks that are more stringent than the federal government's.

Proponents are expected to argue that the rollback will make it cheaper and easier to replace old cars, which will in turn reduce traffic fatalities, Bloomberg reported, citing three people familiar with the plan.

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"We have the law on our side, as well as the people of the country and the people of the world", Dan Sperling, a member of California's Air Resources Board, told Bloomberg. "And it is clear this administration wants to undo this American success story while degrading air quality standards nationwide and costing American families more money at the fuel pump".

Caught somewhere in the middle are automakers, who in recent months have stressed they would not support freezing the federal targets and want Washington and Sacramento to continue linking their vehicle efficiency goals. "This is going to be a long and messy court fight".

"This is nothing less than an outrageous attack on public health and states' rights", said Frank O'Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch.

California and other states have already fired a warning shot.

"One of the reasons they've been somewhat quiet is because they're torn", said Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Autotrader and KBB.com, speaking of the vehicle companies.

Some conservatives have long chafed at the rare authority granted California and welcome the effort to revoke.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's acting administrator said on Tuesday he would follow up the work of his predecessor to overhaul the nation's biofuel policy, including pursuing changes strongly opposed by the powerful corn lobby like counting ethanol exports toward annual biofuels quotas. "It's nutty it's been allowed to develop".

The federal government could also argue that the 1975 statute that governs automobile efficiency - the Corporate Average Fuel Economy law - pre-empts California from setting its own fuel economy standards.

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