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Published On: Tue, Sep 11th, 2018

Kamala Harris led 31 Senate lawmakers to call for a push against EPA: Trump’s block to California’s Clean Air Act

Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris led 31 Senate lawmakers in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urging them to extend the public comment period for the Trump Administration’s proposed rollback of the federal fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards. The Administration’s proposal would roll back the current standards, known as the One National Program, and withdraw California’s Clean Air Act waiver which enables the state to set its own higher standards that other states can adopt.

“It is critical that all Americans have the opportunity to comment on a proposal of this magnitude,” said the senators. “The proposed rule would not only impact the fuel efficiency of passenger vehicles, but it would also harm human health, increase consumer expenses, hurt the auto industry workforce, and stifle technological innovation.

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The senators continued, “Public participation is critical to our nation’s regulatory process. Therefore, we urge you to extend the comment period from 60 days to 120 days and extend the deadline for comments on NHTSA’s draft EIS to align with the requested 120 day comment period for the joint proposed rule.”

Last month, Senators Harris and Dianne Feinstein introduced a resolution supporting the One National Program and asserting California’s authority to set its own tailpipe emissions standards, which was accompanied by a companion resolution led by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) in the House of Representatives.

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