Pressure on EPA mounts to issue stricter car rule

Source: By Arianna Skibell, E&E News • Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Scores of groups are urging EPA to issue a stricter clean car rule than it has proposed, filing dozens of comments ahead of yesterday’s deadline. While a handful of commenters either asked EPA to relax the proposal’s stringency or voiced approval of its current form, an overwhelming number of groups and individuals pressed for a stricter rule to curtail transportation-sector greenhouse gas emissions and tighten fuel economy standards. The deadline for comments was last night. Transportation is the single largest source of carbon pollution in the country, with cars spewing the bulk of those heat-trapping emissions. Representatives from the Sierra Club, Hip Hop Caucus, and Moms Clean Air Force, among others, plan to gather today outside EPA headquarters to urge Administrator Michael Regan to tighten the agency’s proposal. Regan is slated to attend and accept the comments, according to the event announcement.