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Colorado to challenge Trump administration decision ending states’ waiver for stricter vehicle-emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday is set to end a waiver that allowed states to have tighter vehicle emissions rules than ones mandated federally

Colorado will challenge the Trump administration’s expected move Wednesday revoking the ability of states to enact vehicle-emissions standards that are tougher than what is mandated by the federal government.

The Environmental Protection Agency is slated to rescind a waiver granted to California under the Obama administration that allowed the state to create its own emissions rules. The decision has major implications for Colorado and more than 10 other states that have adopted California’s standards. 

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser said Tuesday night that the Trump administration’s move was an attack on the states’ rights and vowed to take action.

“This action is a direct assault on our system of cooperative federalism and an effort to undermine the role of states in addressing #climatechange,” the Democrat tweeted. “Colorado will be challenging this ‘unprecedented action.’”

It wasn’t exactly clear what Weiser meant by his plans to “challenge” the decision, thought California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has promised to sue the Trump administration over the move. Colorado could sign onto that legal challenge, which is expected to make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Read more via The Colorado Sun.

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