EPA Wants to Revoke California Auto Regulation Powers

Ryan Beene

The Trump administration is preparing a plan to strip California’s authority to set tougher auto efficiency regulations than the federal government, even while agencies continue finalizing a rollback of national standards, according to people familiar with the matter.

The matter is still under consideration and no final decision has been made though one is expected in the coming days, said the people, who requested anonymity to discuss the matter.

Under the plan, the Environmental Protection Agency would revoke a waiver granted to California allowing the state to limit vehicle greenhouse gas emissions more stringently than federal rules, as well as the state’s requirement that companies sell electric cars in greater numbers each year, the people said. In addition, the U.S. Transportation Department plans to assert that the California standards are preempted by federal fuel-economy regulations.

The plan would also leave in place California’s regulations covering smog-forming emissions from cars and other sources, the people said. Consideration of the plan was previously reported by Politico.

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