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Trump Car Rules Weakened by Flawed Process, EPA Watchdog Says

April 20, 2021, 5:39 PM

The Trump administration’s rulemaking process for its vehicle emission standards was riddled with missing records and cut corners that undermined the final rule, EPA’s inspector general found.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of the Inspector General on Tuesday released its investigation into the previous administration’s actions on part two of the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule. That rule rolled back Obama-era standards in 2020 and decreased fuel efficiency to 1.5% annually through 2026.

There was a disjointed rulemaking process between the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that skipped essential steps within the environmental agency’s purview, the...

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