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10 States Urge Pruitt To Keep California Vehicle GHG Waiver, Federal Rules

Environment secretaries from 10 states that have adopted all or part of California's vehicle greenhouse gas program are urging EPA to preserve the Golden State's special authority to adopt its own vehicle standards, and to retain federal vehicle GHG limits for model years 2022-2025 that are equivalent to those Golden State regulators are slated to endorse March 24.
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Biofuel industry representatives are lauding a California air board staff proposal to allow alternative jet fuel to generate credit under the state's low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS), saying it likely will bolster production of cleaner jet fuels, as well as other alternative biofuels for the transportation sector that are made by the same companies.

Policy experts and state lawmakers are urging California air board officials to review parts of a recently unveiled plan by Volkswagen to spend $200 million in the state over the next two years to deploy electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and market the vehicles as part of its diesel emission cheating settlement with regulators, arguing the auto company could monopolize the market and reap undeserved profits without proper oversight.

One trailer manufacturing representative is questioning the speed with which EPA plans to deploy its certification process for trailers under its phase 2 greenhouse gas rule for heavy-duty vehicles, arguing the schedule leaves only a few months before industry must prove compliance starting in January.