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Friday, 11 March 2022 15:06

EPA Reissues Waiver Allowing California to Set Its Emissions Standards

Written by Steven Loveday, InsideEVs

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made the decision to reinstate an earlier Clean Air Act waiver that will allow California to set its own individual emissions requirement and zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mandates.

This comes as no surprise since the Biden administration has made it clear its direction on policies related to climate change.

 

California was stripped of the official ability to continue making its own clean air decisions due to a rule put in place by former President Donald Trump. As Automotive News pointed out, California is the largest car market in the U.S., as well as the fifth-largest economy on a global scale.

 

This makes the news much more important than some may assume, and, as they have in the past, other states will continue to follow California's rules. Moreover, additional U.S. states are likely to join, especially amid rising energy concerns and soaring gas prices. 

 

"Today, we proudly reaffirm California's longstanding authority to lead in addressing pollution from cars and trucks," said EPA Administrator Michael Regan. "Our partnership with states to confront the climate crisis has never been more important."

 

Regan went on to say the action taken will...


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