July 24, 2019-
Attorney General Aaron M. Frey, along with 11 other state Attorneys General, sent a letter today to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting that they withdraw their rollback of federal Clean Car Rules.
“Maine has been proactive in establishing stringent vehicle emission standards in order to protect the quality of the air we breathe,” said Frey. “The Federal government is acting to weaken emission standards and failed to involve states in their decision-making.”
In their proposal to roll back federal Clean Car Rules (GHG standards and fuel economy standards), the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also propose to preempt states from maintaining their own more stringent standards. The agencies falsely asserted they had complied with state consultation requirements of a longstanding Executive Order requiring federal agencies proposing a rule that will preempt state law to consult with states early in the process of developing the proposal. The EPA/NHTSA Clean Car rollback’s proposed state preemption would have a substantial impact on the preempted states both by: