Automakers expects EPA to reopen vehicle emissions decision

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is anticipated to reveal this week if it would resume a review of 2022-2025 vehicle emissions requirements after car manufacturers urged the Trump administration to reverse a decision under former President Barack Obama, a source stated on Friday.

Recently, trade groups representing General Motors, Toyota Motor, Volkswagen, Ford Motor, Honda Motor and others officially asked new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to withdraw an Obama administration choice to lock in vehicle emission rules through 2025.

An individual briefed on the matter who had seen the draft order rebooting the evaluation stated it was expected to be revealed this week. The source was not allowed to talk about contents of the order publicly.

The EPA notice is anticipated to say that the firm plans to work in tandem with the U.S. Transportation Department to set constant standards for corporate average fuel efficiency and emissions limitations, the source said.

A White House spokeswoman and an EPA spokesman refused to comment.

The EPA had until April 2018 to choose whether the 2022-2025 standards were practical under a “midterm review” however in November moved up its decision to January 13, few days before Obama left office.

The vehicle group requests follow a different letter to President Donald Trump earlier this month from the chief executives of General Motors, Ford Motor and Fiat Chrysler, together with the leading North American executives at Toyota, Volkswagen, Honda, Hyundai Motor, Nissan Motor and others prompting Trump to review the decision.

GM CEO Mary Barra informed press reporters last week that automakers were looking to in fact have the midterm review. She stated the evaluation has to look at all the different characteristics that are taking place.

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