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California and 22 states sue federal government over vehicle emissions standards issue

California and 22 states sue federal government over vehicle emissions standards issue

Twenty-three states and other governments are challenging a Trump administration move regarding who can set auto emission standards.The Trump administration on Thursday officially revoked California’s authority to set its own emission standards — authority the state has had for decades under a waiver from the federal Clean Air Act.Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler said President Donald Trump’s approach was “good for public safety, good for the economy and good for the environment.”The District of Columbia, Los Angeles and New York also joined the lawsuit directed against the U.S. Transportation Department and other federal entities.”Two courts have already upheld California’s emissions standards,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “Yet, the (Trump) Administration insists on attacking the authority of California and other states to tackle air pollution and protect public health.”

Twenty-three states and other governments are challenging a Trump administration move regarding who can set auto emission standards.

The Trump administration on Thursday officially revoked California’s authority to set its own emission standards — authority the state has had for decades under a waiver from the federal Clean Air Act.

Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler said President Donald Trump’s approach was “good for public safety, good for the economy and good for the environment.”

The District of Columbia, Los Angeles and New York also joined the lawsuit directed against the U.S. Transportation Department and other federal entities.

“Two courts have already upheld California’s emissions standards,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “Yet, the (Trump) Administration insists on attacking the authority of California and other states to tackle air pollution and protect public health.”

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