17 American states take EPA to court
Seventeen American states are going to take Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to court because begin of April the agency decided to cancel limitations on emission standards and rules about fuel efficiency of vehicles in the USA.
Earlier, in mid-April, it already came to light that Attorney General of the State of California, Xavier Becerra, together with the Californian Resources Board (CARB), the agency of the Californian authorities concerned about air pollution, was planning to sue the American Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for loosening emission standards for cars.
Now they have formed a coalition with sixteen other American states and with the District of Columbia (capital city of Washington), as they announced on Tuesday.
4,4 l/100 km
The states are unhappy about the cancelling of a measure for cleaner and more economical cars, which was introduced by former president, Barack Obama. The concrete issue is a regulation stating that cars have to be able to drive 54 miles with one gallon of fuel, or about 4,4 liter per 100 km.
“By undoing the lower car emission standards set by the Obama administration the EPA is undermining the ‘Once In, Always In’ policy”, Beccera and CARB say. “Setting a precedent would encourage the most polluting players to mess around with air pollution rules and avoid important emission reducing measures.”