Biden Administration’s EPA Restores California’s Ability to Set More Stringent Auto Pollution Tailpipe Rules

May 2022

Environmental, Energy & Climate Change Law and Regulation Reporter, Volume 2, Number 8

On March 9, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revived California’s power to limit emissions from automobile tailpipes.  The EPA action found in 87 Fed. Reg. 14332, (Mar. 14, 2022) rescinded a rule promulgated by the Trump Administration that withdrew a federal Clean Air Act (CAA) waiver for California’s Advanced Clean-Car Program, thereby allowing California to again set greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards for new motor vehicles that are more stringent than federal regulations and permitting other states to adopt the California standards in their own territories.

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