Bill Seeks to Counter Clean Air Act Waiver

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein joined with Sen. Barbara Boxer (both D-Calif.) on Jan. 24 to introduce a measure to overturn the U.S. EPA's denial of California's Clean Air Act waiver. The Boxer-Feinstein bill would legislatively grant the state of California (and any other state) the authority to adopt and enforce tailpipe emissions reductions.

The bill is also co-sponsored by Joseph Lieberman, Hillary Clinton, Frank Lautenberg , Benjamin Cardin, Bernie Sanders, Sheldon Whitehouse, Patrick Leahy, Christopher Dodd, John Kerry, Barbara Mikulski, and Barack Obama.

The denial of California's waiver blocks implementation of the state's landmark law to cut tailpipe emissions by 30 percent below projected levels by 2016.

"It's become clear that Administrator Johnson's denial of California's waiver was based on politics, not science," Feinstein said. "So, today, Senator Boxer and I have introduced legislation to take this decision out of the hands of the EPA – and allow California to move ahead with curbing tailpipe emissions."

Feinstein also called on the General Accountability Office (GAO) to open an investigation into the decision of EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson to deny California's waiver.

This follows a similar request submitted by Feinstein earlier this month to the Insp
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