‘California dreaming’

Source: BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico • Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Over 100 lawmakers are pushing EPA Administrator Michael Regan today to formally give his blessing for California’s stricter tailpipe emissions standards. The lawmakers, spearheaded by chairs of infrastructure-related committees including Carper and Rep. Frank Pallone , wrote to Regan that the Trump administration acted unlawfully when it repealed the Clean Air Act waiver that let California adopt the standards, which have since been adopted by 13 states and D.C. “EPA has never previously withdrawn a waiver, and we believe the agency lacks the authority to do so,” they write.

The signatories also cite California’s “long-standing and continuing air quality problems” and the program’s incentives for zero-emissions vehicles as reasons to grant the waiver. Read their letter here.