Members of Congress Urge EPA and NHTSA for Longer Comment Period on Light-Duty Vehicle Emissions Report

Aug 29, 2016

Several congressional committee leaders today sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator Mark Rosekind to extend the public comment period on the agencies’ Midterm Evaluation of Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for Model Years 2022-2025 (also known as the Draft TAR).

The letter was sent by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Michigan), Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Kentucky), and Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Michael C. Burgess (R-Texas).

“The Agencies have provided a public comment period on the Draft TAR from July 15, 2016 to Sept. 26, 2016,” the letter said. “We assert that the current comment period does not provide necessary time for adequate public review.

“The Draft TAR exceeds 1,000 pages in length, contains extensive technical information, and references a large number of supporting documents. Furthermore, a portion of the referenced supporting documents were not available at the beginning of the public comment period,” the letter continued. “We believe the Agencies should provide a full 60-day extension for comment on the Draft TAR, allowing the public to comment until Nov. 26, 2016.”

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