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California and 23 other states sue Trump administration over vehicle emissions change

Pittsburgh — The state of California filed a lawsuit Friday challenging a decision Thursday by US President Donald Trump's administration to revoke the state's tailpipe waiver under the Clean Air Act in favor of setting a national standard for vehicle emissions.

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California has been joined by 23 other states in filing the lawsuit.

"California won't bend to the President's reckless and politically motivated attacks on our clean car waiver," California Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement. "We'll hold the line in court to defend our children's health, save consumers money at the pump and protect our environment."

The US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday issued a final action entitled the "One National Program Rule," which enables the federal government to provide nationwide uniform fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards for automobiles and light duty trucks.

The move to one federal standard finalizes critical parts of the Safer, Affordable, Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule first announced by the Trump administration in August 2018, the agencies said.

The US steel industry has been in favor of setting a national standard for emissions.

"We believe that an overly stringent standard that optimizes tailpipe-only GHG emissions and fuel economy improvements -- to the exclusion of other necessary and important design factors -- would result in increased costs to consumers and negative effects on the environment," American Iron and Steel Institute CEO Thomas Gibson said in a statement Thursday.

"We also continue to support efforts to reach a one national program solution, as we believe this is best for automakers, the automotive supply chain including the steel industry, consumers and the economy as a whole."

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