30 May '18, 12pm

EPA overturning of fuel economy increases requires review, agency watchdog says

The EPA's Science Advisory Board, tasked with agency oversight, is taking issue with at least three of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's signature decisions. First, according to a Bloomberg report , is Pruitt's decision to freeze fuel economy standards and eliminate increases that had been approved during the Obama Administration. Second, the Clean Power Plan, which required that coal-burning power plants add carbon capture and sequestration technology. (In response utilities replaced or converted many coal plants to cleaner natural gas.) Third, according to Bloomberg and an L.A. Times report , was a Pruitt ruling that the EPA did not have authority to regulate heavy-duty "glider" trucks—essentially new trucks that use old engines to get around emissions rules. The agency decided they did not qualify as new trucks, and so shouldn't be subject to new emissions requirements. ...

Full article: https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1116957_epa-overturn...

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