WASHINGTON — California clean air regulators will hold talks next Tuesday with their federal counterparts and the White House over Trump administration efforts to stop Sacramento from adopting tighter vehicle emissions rules than Washington, a spokesman for the state confirmed on Thursday.
The video conference meeting will be the first since Sept. 20 between the California Air Resources Board, the Environmental Protection Agency and the federal Transportation Department.
California and 19 other states late last month demanded the Trump administration abandon a proposal to freeze fuel efficiency standards after 2020 and strip California of the ability to impose stricter rules.
California Governor Jerry Brown said at an Oct. 28 news conference that President Donald Trump was “taking steps to destroy the American automobile industry” by freezing requirements.
Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler responded that the federal government was still waiting for a formal counter-proposal from California. “It is my hope that we can continue to work together and reach one national standard,” he said in a statement.
A senior administration official said the White House expected California to make a counterproposal at the meeting. A spokesman for the California board, Stanley Young, confirmed the meeting but declined further comment.
An EPA spokesman declined comment on the meeting.
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