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EPA Administrator Signs Federal Register Notice Opening Comment Period for Mid-term Evaluation Reconsideration

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(Environmental Protection Agency)  Today EPA Administrator Pruitt has signed a Federal Register notice announcing that EPA is reconsidering whether the light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas standards previously established for model years 2022-2025 are appropriate under section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act and inviting stakeholders to submit any comments, data, and information they believe are relevant to the Administrator’s reconsideration of the January 2017 Mid-term Evaluation Final Determination and in particular, to highlight any new information. EPA is also requesting comment on the separate question of whether the light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas standards established for model year 2021 remain appropriate, regardless of the agency’s decision on the MTE.

The comment period will remain open for 45 days after the publication of the Federal Register notice.  EPA will also hold a public hearing and will provide details for the public hearing in a future Federal Register notice and on the website provided below.

You can download the pre-publication version of the Federal Register notice at this website:

https://www.epa.gov/regulations-emissions-vehicles-and-engines/midterm-evaluation-light-duty-vehicle-greenhouse-gas-ghg

EPA’s regulations require several formal steps in the MTE process, including opportunities for public input.

  • Step 1: Draft Technical Assessment Report (TAR) issued jointly with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)  and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) with opportunity for public comment. (July 2016)
  • Step 2: The EPA Administrator made a Proposed Determination with opportunity for public comment. (November 2016) (This step is being reevaluated under the direction of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt)  
  • Step 3: The EPA Administrator must make a final determination with regard to whether the standards remain appropriate or should be changed by April 1, 2018. 

Public Comment Period: EPA is requesting comment on whether the light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas standards established for model years 2022-2025 are appropriate under section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act and is inviting stakeholders to submit any data and information they believe are relevant to the Administrator’s reconsideration of the January 2017 Mid-term Evaluation Final Determination. EPA is also requesting comment on a separate question of whether the light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas standards established for model year 2021 remain appropriate, regardless of the agency’s decision on the MTE. The comment period will close 45 days after the notice opening the comment period is published in the Federal Register. For information regarding the comment period and how to submit comments, please see the Federal Register notice:

The docket will open for submittal of public comments upon publication of the Federal Registernotice. Comments may be submitted at www.regulations.gov to Docket EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0827. READ MORE

 

Feds to expand review of emissions standards for cars (The Hill)

Trump officials begin review of Obama emissions standards for cars (The Washington Post)

Excerpt from The Washington Post:  The EPA stretched the review period to include 2021 model vehicles, instead of starting at 2022 model cars as the agency had initially indicated.

The agencies also added 10 additional factors, such as consumer preference, to be considered when finalizing the new standards.

“It was really surprising to see that,” said Shannon Baker-Branstetter of Consumers Union, the public policy division of Consumer Reports, adding that the decision to include 2021 vehicles in the review was a sign of “aggression on the part of the administration.”

In 2012, the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a part of the Transportation Department, adopted rules requiring the nation’s car and light trucks to average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

Automakers objected, arguing that the standards were too stringent to meet. After Trump’s surprise election victory, industry groups, including the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers, pressed the new administration to reconsider the rule.

“In my opinion, these additional factors reflect direct input from the manufacturers,” said Margo Oge, a former director of the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, in an email.

The review begins amid signs that car companies are moving toward greater efficiency, with or without the federal government’s guidance.  READ MORE

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