States, Industry Groups Challenge Tougher EPA Emissions Standards

CLF to intervene in case

Clean car standards are good for our health, good for the environment, and good for our wallets.

March 2, 2022 (BOSTON, MA) – Auto industry groups and several states have filed a legal challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s new tougher emissions standards for cars and light trucks. Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) joined a group of environmental organizations in intervening in this case to defend the EPA rule today.

“Pollution from cars and trucks chokes our communities and worsens the climate crisis,” said CLF attorney James Crowley. “The science is clear: the only way to reach our climate goals is by drastically curbing transportation emissions, and fast. This new rule must be allowed to stand, and we look forward to helping defend it in court.”

The rules are the federal government’s most important program for reducing climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions. They also put pressure on manufacturers to continue to ramp up the production of cleaner cars, including electric vehicles. The emissions standards being challenged are the strongest to date, and they will be critical in rolling back damage caused by the previous administration. The standards are set to go into effect in 2023.

CLF experts are available for further comment.