Government, Business, Equipment, Fuel

California, Trump Administration on Collision Course Over Auto Rules

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California and the Trump administration are on a collision course over auto-efficiency regulations that could lead the White House to deploy the nuclear option: revoking the state’s cherished power to set its own limits on air pollution.

Jennifer A Dlouhy John Lippert and Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
March 14, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

EPA Chief Signals Showdown With California on Tailpipe Standards

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The Trump administration’s chief environmental regulator signaled a coming showdown with California, warning the state won’t dictate the future of ambitious automobile fuel economy regulations enacted by the Obama administration.

Jennifer A Dlouhy Ryan Beene and John Lippert | Bloomberg News
March 13, 2018
Government, Equipment, Fuel

Analysis: How California Guards Its Power on Fuel Standards

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In 2012, the Barack Obama administration imposed regulatory standards that require significant increases in the fuel economy of automobiles. Intent on reducing regulatory costs, the Donald Trump administration is rethinking those standards. But it’s encountering a major roadblock: California.

Cass R. Sunstein | Bloomberg News
February 13, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment

CARB Defies EPA, Retains Obama Era Phase 2 GHG Rule

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The California Air Resources Board on Feb. 8 unanimously approved plans to retain two Obama administration Phase 2 greenhouse gas emissions rule provisions for medium- and heavy-duty trucks that would regulate glider kits and trailer emissions.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
February 8, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment

CARB Will Regulate Trailers If EPA Vacates Section of Phase 2


Whatever federal authorities may or may not do to alter parts of the U.S. Phase 2 regulation of greenhouse gases from trucks, California will keep regulations in place that are at least as tough as the October 2016 final rule, and might even get more strict and encompass aspects of nitrogen oxide emissions.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
September 13, 2017

States, Environmentalists Seek to Intervene in Federal Phase 2 Greenhouse-Gas Appeal

Eight states, including California, and five environmental advocacy groups have asked a U.S. appellate court for permission to intervene in a civil case between the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association and two federal agencies concerning the final Phase 2 greenhouse-gas rule — just one month after TTMA filed its petition for review.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
February 6, 2017

CARB Truck and Bus Regulation Compliance Declined in 2015

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The rate of compliance for heavy trucks with the California Air Resources Board’s truck and bus regulation has decreased to 70%-75% from 85% over the past two years, according to estimates in a new CARB enforcement report.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
June 28, 2016

California Judge Rules Against CARB

A California Superior Court Judge has ruled that the state’s air-quality regulators didn’t take into account the economic impact on trucking firms that had complied with their rules when when they voted in April 2014 to allow other carriers to remain noncomplaint for two years.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
June 10, 2016

Zero-Emission Vehicles at Center of Plan to Slash California’s Nitrogen Oxide Levels

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LONG BEACH, Calif. — Zero and near-zero emissions trucks and other freight vehicles are at the center of California’s plan to slash emissions of nitrogen oxides, regulators said. The plan begins with a series of state pilot projects over the next three years, they added.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
May 16, 2016

CARB Touts ‘Most Promising’ Technologies That Could Cut GHG Output From Reefers

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Electric and hydrogen cell-powered transport refrigeration units are the “most promising” technologies that can be used to reduce reefer emissions over the next five to 10 years and beyond, according to California environmental regulators.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 24, 2015