The Trump administration will seek to revoke California’s authority to impose and enforce its own automobile emissions and fuel efficiency standards, including its mandate for electric-car sales, as part of a larger plan to halt or reduce greenhouse gas emissions standards nationwide.
Three people familiar with the plan told Bloomberg News that the proposal will be part of a regulation the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will jointly propose this week to freeze or reduce federal greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency rules for cars.
The proposal is also expected to cap federal fuel-economy requirements at the 2020 level, which under federal law must be at least a 35-mile-per-gallon fleet average, rather than letting them rise to about 50 mpg by 2025 as outlined in President Obama’s plan.
According to three people familiar with the plan, the EPA will also propose revoking the Clean Air Act waiver granted to California by the Obama administration in 2009 that has allowed the state to regulate vehicle carbon emissions.
California has also used its waiver to require car companies to sell a certain amount of electric vehicles in the state. That authority would also be revoked if the Trump administration gets its way.
The EPA and NHTSA revealed in a regulatory notice Friday that its upcoming proposal to reduce vehicle efficiency and emissions standards will be called the “Safer and Affordable Fuel Efficient Vehicles Rule.”