April 26, 2021
Statement by Ann Mesnikoff, Federal Policy Director, Environmental Law & Policy Center
“The Environmental Law & Policy Center welcomes the US Environmental Protection Agency’s action today to reconsider the deeply flawed Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule Part One — or “SAFE-1” rule.
“Cutting climate pollution from our cars and light trucks is critical to tackling the climate crisis. The Trump administration’s action in SAFE Part One to withdraw the authority of California and states to lead in protecting public health and acting on climate pollution as part of the rollback of cleaner car standards was inconsistent with the Clean Air Act.
“This step, along with the National Highway and Safety Administration’s action last week on the SAFE-1 rule, will help restore state authority and put us on the path to new strong clean car standards. We look forward to working with the Biden administration to ensure that new standards will slash climate pollution, accelerate electric vehicles and drive innovation and job growth across the Midwest.”