Michigan AG joins lawsuit that opposes EPA’s attempts to revoke California’s advanced clean air standards

Lawsuit part of ongoing fight to protect public health

Michigan Attorney Geneal Dana Nessel speaks at a news conference on Feb. 21, 2019. (WDIV)
Michigan Attorney Geneal Dana Nessel speaks at a news conference on Feb. 21, 2019. (WDIV)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel joined 23 other Attorneys General and two cities late last week in filing a lawsuit opposing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) attempt to revoke the portions of a waiver it granted California in 2013 that permit the implementation of the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) and zero emission vehicle (ZEV) standards.

The action, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, is part of the coalition’s ongoing fight to protect California’s Advanced Clean Car Standards. These standards are followed – in whole or in part – by 13 other states and are a key part of state efforts to protect public health and the environment.

“Attempting to strip states’ of their rights to protect the environment seems to be a recurring theme for the current administration and while Michigan has not adopted California’s Advanced Clean Car Standards, I am joining California to fight against the Trump administration’s campaign to end that state’s longstanding authority to set its own vehicle emissions standards,” said Nessel. “This latest attack on states’ efforts to protect their residents and environment is an abuse of federal authority and should be opposed.”

The filing also includes a protective petition that asks the D.C. Circuit Court to review a separate regulation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is designed to preempt California’s GHG and ZEV standards.

A copy of the filing is available here.