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Pallone Applauds Biden Administration’s Reinstatement of California’s Clean Cars Waiver

Mar 9, 2022
Press Release

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. issued the following statement today in response to the Biden Administration announcing it is reinstating a waiver of federal preemption under the Clean Air Act for California’s Advanced Clean Car program, recognizing its authority to set more stringent vehicle emissions standards. The move reverses the Trump Administration’s 2019 decision to revoke the waiver and affects 16 other states and the District of Columbia, which have also adopted the stricter standards:

“With today’s announcement, the Biden EPA is reversing one of the Trump Administration’s most absurd and indefensible actions. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have voluntarily adopted more protective clean car standards and now, after years of uncertainty and frustration, those standards will be upheld and respected. Today’s action is a win for everyone since the waiver helps states improve air quality for communities across the country, spurs American innovation of clean vehicle technology, and ensures that consumers have access to the most advanced and efficient vehicles possible. I applaud the Biden Administration for reaffirming the rights of states to protect their citizens from dangerous air pollution and fight climate change.”