Sunday, December 23, 2007

EPA Faces Wave of Challenges to California Waiver Denial

EPA Faces Wave of Challenges to California Waiver Denial: "EPA Faces Wave of Challenges to California Waiver Denial
WASHINGTON, DC, December 21, 2007 (ENS) - A powerful Congressional committee has launched an investigation into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's denial of California's request to impose limits on greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles and other tailpipe toxics. It is the first time a waiver request has been denied under the federal Clean Air Act.
The Committee on Oversight and Govemment Reform has ordered EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson to preserve all documents relating to the decision he issued Wednesday not to grant a waiver of less stringent federal rules so that California's clean car law could take effect.

Congressman Henry Waxman of California (Photo by J. Kapitz)
Committee chair Congressman Henry Waxman of California has requested that Johnson provide all the documents from his office relating to the California waiver request to the committee by January 10, 2008. Documents from all EPA offices relating to this decision are to be handed over to the commettee by January 23."

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