States Challenge New, Stricter Federal Tailpipe Pollution Rules 

CLF and partners to intervene and defend rules

a close up of a silver car's tailpipe. the car is driving on a road with other cars, blurred in the background. The tailpipe has grey fumes and smoke coming out of it, concealing most of the background.

April 25, 2024 (Boston, MA) – A coalition of states have filed a formal challenge to the Biden administration’s recently released, tougher vehicle emissions standards. CLF is part of a group of organizations intervening in support of the standards.

“Our families deserve better than compromise on toxic tailpipe pollution that overheats the planet and clogs the air we breathe – that’s why these new standards are so important,” says James Crowley, CLF Staff Attorney. “CLF will never back down when it comes to fighting for what’s right. And that means standing up when critical rules like this one, which will slow climate change and protect our health, are challenged.”

Fossil fueled-transportation is the largest contributor of carbon pollution across the country. These standards would help significantly cut emissions while also tackling a major source of toxic air pollution. Additionally, the standards would incentivize vehicle manufacturers to produce and sell an increasing number of electric vehicles, so more families and businesses can afford and access one. CLF is intervening in defense of the rule alongside Environmental Defense Fund, Public Citizen, the Environmental Law & Policy Center, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Sierra Club.

You can read the motion to intervene here.

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