Trump to revoke California’s authority to set strict auto emission limits

James Marshall
September 17, 2019

The Trump administration will take steps to try to block California from setting its own vehicle emissions standards, the head of the U.S. environmental regulator has said, as the row between the federal government and the state over green regulations intensifies. Industry watchers feared that the Trump administration's plan to freeze federal emission standards, a rollback of tightened standards created by the Obama administration, could have led to two auto markets in the USA, one subject to more restrictive California regulations and another linked to significantly less stringent federal standards. The people asked to not be identified discussing plans prior to announcement.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has planned since past year to ease emissions standards for cars and trucks, saying that a timeline put in place by Barack Obama set standards "too high". Plans for the announcement are still being developed and could change, one of the people said.

Thirteen states and the District of Columbia followed in California's footsteps, saying they would follow the stricter standards, meaning they would cover a combined 36 percent of US auto sales if allowed to remain in effect.

"California will continue its advance toward a cleaner future".

He said: "We embrace federalism and the role of the states, but federalism does not mean that one state can dictate standards for the nation". The White House declined to comment.

Dan Becker, director of the Center for Auto Safety's Safe Climate Campaign, said the move is an attack on states' authority to set their own air pollution standards that he called a centerpiece of the Clean Air Act.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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