EPA Threatens Calif. With Sanctions Over Air Quality Plans

By Keith Goldberg (September 24, 2019, 12:02 PM EDT) -- The Trump administration is threatening to withhold federal highway funding from California for failing to craft adequate pollution control plans, ratcheting up an air quality regulation war just days after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency limited California's authority to regulate vehicle emissions.

The EPA said California has fallen unacceptably behind in crafting valid state implementation plans, or SIPs, to comply with National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and other air pollutants. In a letter sent late Monday to California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler warned that if the state doesn't withdraw its backlogged and unapprovable...

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