GCC Asks USEPA, NHTSA for More Public Hearings, Comment Extension for Vehicle Emissions Rollbacks

September 6, 2018

On September 6, 2018, shortly after USEPA and NHTSA proposed a joint rule to roll-back vehicle emissions and fuel efficiency standards and to rescind the CA waiver, GCC’s Executive Director, Vicki Arroyo, submitted to EPA a request for additional public hearings and for an extension to the comment period on behalf of the states and at their request.

Excerpt:

"On behalf of the states we support, we are writing to request that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) extend the comment period for the joint proposed rule referenced above by at least 60 days. We also request that EPA and NHTSA hold several additional public hearings beyond those announced for Fresno, California; Dearborn, Michigan; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

We ask that EPA and NHTSA extend the comment period for this proposed joint rule to a total of 120 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register. A 120 day comment period would be consistent with the EPA’s past practice of providing a meaningful opportunity for public input on important and complex regulatory proceedings (for example, the EPA’s 2014 proposal to adopt the Clean Power Plan and the 2017 proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan)."

Link to PDF of Vicki Arroyo's letter to EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler and NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King: 
20180906 - GCC Comments to NHTSA and EPA