The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday restored California’s legal authority to set exhaust emission standards that are stricter than the federal rules.
Why is this important: The move restores California’s status as a climate regulator after former President Trump stripped the state of that power when he was in office. The EPA has long signaled its intention to rescind rollbacks.
The big picture: Reversing Trump-era policies is part of President Biden’s pledge to tackle the climate crisis.
- “Today, we proudly reaffirm California’s longstanding authority as a leader in fighting pollution from cars and trucks,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan said in a statement. A press release.
- “With today’s action, we’re restoring an approach that for years has helped advance clean technologies and reduce air pollution for not only Californians, but Californians. entire United States,” he added.
Earlier this week, the administration unveiled additional steps it is taking to advance cleaner public transit, including new limits on smog- and soot-forming nitrogen oxide emissions from heavy vehicles.
What they say : “I thank the Biden administration for righting the reckless wrongs of the Trump administration and acknowledging our decades-old authority to protect Californians and our planet,” California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) said in a press release.
- “Restoring our state’s exemption from the Clean Air Act is a major victory for the environment, our economy and the health of families across the country that comes at a pivotal time underscoring the need to end our reliance on fossil fuels,” he added.