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EPA Said to Seek End of California’s Authority Over Auto Mileage

A draft Trump administration proposal to ease automobile efficiency standards is said to call for revoking California’s unique authority to set its own limits, a move that would set off an explosive battle with the nation’s most populous state. . . .

NHTSA also proposes freezing vehicle fuel economy standards at 2020 levels through 2026, according to a second person familiar with the proposal. According to an earlier draft, that would halt fuel efficiency requirements at a 37-mile-per-gallon fleet average instead of increasing to roughly 50 mpg by 2025 as envisioned under the Obama standards. . . .

California, 16 other states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit on May 2 seeking to block the EPA’s proposed changes.

FULL STORY published May 31, 2018 via Bloomberg