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The Latest: States going to court to challenge mileage rule

August 2, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration’s proposal to roll back Obama-era mileage standards (all times local):

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12:15 p.m.

Attorneys general from 19 states and the District of Columbia say they’ll go to court to stop a proposed rollback in mileage standards.

California and New York are among the states signing on to a statement Thursday pledging legal action against the Trump administration’s action on fuel efficiency.

The group of attorneys general says in a statement that relaxing the nation’s mileage standards will make Americans “breathe dirtier air and pay higher prices at the pumps.”

The Trump administration says it wants to freeze mileage standards at 2020 levels. The administration argues that should make new cars cheaper, and get newer, safer cars on the roads quicker as a result.

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8:40 a.m.

The Trump administration is proposing to roll back tougher Obama-era gas mileage requirements that are set to take effect after 2020.

The administration also wants to revoke the authority of California and other states to set their own, stricter mileage standards — independent of federal ones.

Thursday’s proposal would freeze an effort by the Obama administration intended to promote auto fuel efficiency and curb tailpipe emissions of climate-changing pollutants.

The Environmental Protection Agency said in a statement that relaxing mileage standards in the years ahead would give “the American people greater access to safer, more affordable vehicles that are cleaner for the environment.”

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