Documents Reveal EPA Staff Support For Nixed Waiver

Law360, New York (February 26, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Newly excerpted briefing documents reveal there was pressure within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to approve California's request for a waiver that would have allowed the state to adopt strict greenhouse gas emissions standards for automobiles. The request was rejected in December.

The excerpts were disclosed Tuesday by the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. According to the committee, the briefing documents have not been made available in full.

On Dec. 19, EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson denied California's request for a waiver. The...
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