US environmental groups have sued over Trump automatic emissions transfer

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nine US environmental groups challenged the Department of Transport on Friday over their efforts to prevent California from fixing tailpipe emissions and electric vehicle requirements.

Photo FILE: Commuter morning commuters travel one hour towards Los Angeles, California, U., March 20, 2019. REUTERS / Mike Blake / File Photo

Groups include Environment America, Public Citizen, Sierra Club, Union of Associated Scientists, Center for Biological Diversity and Natural Resources Protection Council. Last week, a group of 23 states with the District of Columbia, Los Angeles and New York City filed a similar suit in the US District Court. in Washington.

The Department of Transport refused to comment. It is intended that its decision will take effect in late November.

The fight against a majority Democratic state law that became an environmental warrior against a Republican president seeks to cut regulations to give an eye to the economy.

For years, California has played a national role in influencing what Americans have driven. Subsequently, there are a dozen other states that follow the state vehicle emission rules, more stringent than the rules of the EPA Trump.

This week, Minnesota and New Mexico reimbursed the administration of Trump and said they planned to adopt California's tailpipe rules.

“The Trump's administrative efforts to leave Californians choking on smog have no legal basis and help prevent pollution of greenhouse gases flowing from car pipes,” said Maya Golden-Krasner, a solicitor at the Center. Biological Diversity.

The challenge challenges the decision revealed last week by the Department of Transport and its agency the Highway National Highway Traffic Safety, that federal state law preempts and local regulation of vehicle fuel economy.

The legal challenges still do not address a parallel decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revoke the California waiver received under the Clean Air Act to set emission standards.

In August, the Department of Justice launched a Motor Motor, Volkswagen AG anti-litter probe (VOWG_p.DE), BMW AG and Honda Motor Co reached an agreement with California to reduce vehicles.

Democratic members of the State Conference claimed that the Department of Justice and the White House should change documents and make the decision to investigate the users.

A person informed of the matter said that the Department of Justice will begin meeting with the four automators next week, confirming the Wall Street Journal report.

On Friday, Senator Dianne Feinstein asked the EPA's general inspector to investigate the agency's threat to withhold funding of the state road due to poor air quality. The EPA said on Friday that its activities are not “political”.

Reporting by David Shepardson; Edited by David Gregorio

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