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EPA denies California waiver on tailpipe emissions.

“U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson today denied California’s long-standing request for a waiver from federal law to be able to implement its own landmark regulations to slash greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.” At issue were “tailpipe standards California adopted in 2004 that would force automakers to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent in new cars and light trucks by 2016.” The EPA said it did not find that separate California standards are needed to “meet compelling and extraordinary conditions.” Grist has more on the decision.

UPDATE: Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) issued the following statement: “EPA’s decision ignores the law, science, and commonsense. This is a policy dictated by politics and ideology, not facts. The Committee will be investigating how and why this decision was made.”

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