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23 States File Lawsuit block EPA from Revoking Emissions Rules

Auto News - Published on Mon, 18 Nov 2019

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23 US states filed suit last week to challenge the Trump administration's decision to revoke California's authority to set stiff vehicle tailpipe emissions rules and require a rising number of zero emission vehicles. The lawsuit, filed in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, seeks to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency's decision in September to revoke portions of a waiver it granted in 2013.

The move follows a separate lawsuit filed in September by 23 states led by California against the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seeking to undo a parallel determination that federal law bars California from setting tailpipe emission standards and ZEV rules.

The California ZEV mandate, adopted in 1990 and revised on numerous occasions, requires the sale of a rising number of electric or other zero-emission vehicles. Last year, California forecast that about 8 percent of the state’s new vehicle sales in 2025 will be zero-emission and plug-in electric hybrids.

The EPA declined to comment on the lawsuit Friday but said the agency had not revoked California’s separate authority to enforce its Low Emission Vehicle program and other standards to address harmful smog-forming vehicle emissions.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 18 Nov 2019
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