http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/05/20170508-arb.htmlCalifornia ARB readying regulatory options to maintain state LDV GHG standards in event of Federal change
In April 2018, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) completed the Midterm Evaluation (MTE) process for the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2022-2025, and determined that the current standards are not appropriate and should be revised. (Earlier post.)
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) GHG standards allow manufacturers the option to comply by meeting the US EPA greenhouse gas standards through model year 2025 as currently defined (referred to as the “deemed to comply” provision). CARB disagrees with the April EPA decision, and may consider amending its regulations to clarify that the deemed to comply provision applies to the current federal GHG standards, should US EPA change the standards for any model years.
Under this approach, CARB would not change any of the regulatory requirements in the LEV III GHG regulation. CARB would, however, take regulatory action as needed to clarify that the compliance with any weakened federal standards will not be deemed compliant with CARB standards for the specified model years.
CARB is soliciting public input on potential alternatives to this amendment. . . .
https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1118927_state-officials-telegraph-looming-fight-to-proposed-federal-epa-rollbacksState officials telegraph looming fight to proposed federal EPA rollbacks
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and state attorneys general from California and Maryland said Friday that they will vigorously fight proposed rollbacks by the EPA to federal emissions standards ahead of public hearings scheduled for next week.
"We’re not interested in taking a punch. We want to counter-punch," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Friday.
For three days beginning Sept. 24, federal officials will hold public hearings about the proposed rollback to federal fuel-economy standards offered by President Donald Trump's administration. Included in the proposal from the EPA, which aims to freeze federal fuel-economy standards at 2020 levels through 2026, is a revocation of California's waiver to set its own emissions targets, which 12 other states and the District of Columbia currently follow.
Connecticut and Maryland both follow California's more stringent emissions standards.
Malloy said federal officials plan only to rush through the public hearings, which are scheduled Sept. 24-26 on consecutive days, held in Frenso, California; Dearborn, Michigan; and Pittsburgh respectively. The panel of elected officials said the EPA's public comment period was unnecessarily short and frivolous. On Friday, federal regulators from the NHTSA and EPA rejected requests from state attorneys general, lawmakers, and automakers to extend the public comment period.
"They didn't have to do it that way," said Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh.
Malloy and the attorneys general said automakers who pushed for the relaxed standards, then publicly distanced themselves from the proposal, share blame with the administration. . . .