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DOJ Downplays Role of NHTSA Penalty Rule In Auto GHG Finding Fight

August 14, 2019
The Justice Department (DOJ) is urging a federal court to disregard states’ claims that language in a final National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rule scaling back penalties for fuel economy exceedances proves EPA’s threshold decision to weaken vehicle greenhouse gas standards is final and ripe for suit. “The cited NHTSA rule addresses a different regulatory program under a different statute,” DOJ says in an August 13 legal filing in State of California, et al. v. EPA, et al....

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