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Connecticut Threatens to Sue EPA Over Business-Friendly Rule Rollbacks

emissionsConnecticut may sue the EPA over its plans to loosen emissions standards for cars and power plants — rules enacted by the Obama administration that manufacturers and others say will hurt business.

The state’s Gov. Dannel P. Malloy last week sent a letter to EPA administrator Scott Pruitt criticizing the agency’s preliminary decision to exempt nine states from tougher coal-fired power plants standards. Malloy says the decision will harm Connecticut air quality, CTPost reports.

The Trump administration is also expected to announce an overhaul of emissions and fuel-economy standards for new cars this week when President Donald Trump meets with automakers on Wednesday. Car manufacturers have told Trump that the Obama administration’s fuel economy standards are neither achievable nor cost-effective.

Connecticut leaders fear that reversing these tailpipe emissions standards will also hurt air quality in the Northeast, CTPost writes. Like California, Connecticut is allowed to impose tougher emissions standards for vehicles under a Clean Air Act waiver.

“Connecticut is tired of serving as the tailpipe of America,” Malloy wrote in the letter to Pruitt.

Despite the auto-rule rollback, many car manufacturers will continue to make fuel-economy improvements — albeit more slowly.

Ford, for example, in January announced a major push toward electrified vehicles: it will make seven new EVs available in the next five years. These include a fully electric SUV with an estimated range of at least 300 miles and two new electrified police vehicles. Ford has pledged to invest $4.5 billion in electrified vehicles by 2020.

Additionally, Toyota is investing millions in fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen fueling stations.



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