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Auto Suppliers Fear EPA Fuel Economy Process Lacks Data, Certainty

April 3, 2018, 11:40 PM

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is promising the auto sector regulatory certainty, but his recent decision to revise Obama-era fuel economy standards may create a hazier future as the industry plans investments.

Auto industry suppliers are raising concern that the Environmental Protection Agency’s April 2 determination—a finding that greenhouse gas limits for model year 2022-2025 passenger cars are not appropriate and should be revised—lacks robust data.

And they’re already outlining a worst-case scenario in which negotiations between Trump administration officials and California, which has a special authority to set its own tailpipe standards, extend years with no resolution, followed by years...

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