Court Upholds Minnesota’s ‘Clean Car Rule’ Tied to California
Written by Steve Karnowski, Associated Press
Published Feb. 1, 2023
The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Jan. 30 upheld the state’s “Clean Car Rule,” which ties the state’s vehicle emission standards to California regulations, as judges accepted assurances that California’s planned phase-out of gasoline-powered cars won’t automatically apply in Minnesota.
A three-judge panel rejected the arguments of Minnesota’s auto dealers, who argued state pollution regulators exceeded their authority and unconstitutionally delegated their rulemaking authority to California.
The appeals court concluded that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency acted within its statutory authority and that the state’s rule is therefore valid.