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Fuel Efficiency on Agenda as New EPA Chief Meets California Regulator

July 17, 2018, 11:32 PM

California’s top air-quality official met with the Environmental Protection Agency’s new acting chief July 17, the first meeting between two regulators who disagree over the Trump administration’s plan to weaken automobile fuel efficiency regulations.

Mary Nichols, chairman of the California Air Resources Board, said acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler had reached out to state officials shortly after his appointment. Wheeler was elevated to the EPA’s top post earlier this month following the scandal-fueled ouster of former agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.

“It was a cordial meeting. Nothing of substance was discussed,” Stanley Young, a California Air Resources ...