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The EPA is About to Reject Obama-Era Fuel-Efficiency Regulations


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to use a Virginia car dealership on Tuesday (April 3) as the setting to tout its rejection of the Obama administration's landmark vehicle fuel efficiency rules, a move that could put automakers in the middle of a battle between the Trump administration and California.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to speak at an event at a Chevrolet dealership in suburban Washington and will be joined by groups representing dealers and automakers, according to people familiar with the plans.

The state of California, which has the power to effectively create its own fuel economy standards, several allied states and environmental groups are gearing up for a legal and political fight over the rules, aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions from new cars and trucks. California Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols said in January the board does not believe the standards should be lowered.

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