Trump to bar California for setting vehicle emissions rules: sources

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FILE PHOTO: Reacquired Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars sit in a desert graveyard near Victorville, California, U.S. March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration will announce as early as Wednesday it is revoking California’s authority to set its own vehicle greenhouse gas standards and declare that states are pre-empted from setting their own vehicle rules — a move that will spark a furious legal challenge, two auto industry officials said Tuesday.

On Thursday, Trump met with senior officials and agreed to green light the plan to bar California from setting its own vehicle greenhouse gas standards or requiring zero emission vehicles, Reuters reported last week. The White House declined to comment.

The administration plans to issue rules rolling back Obama-era fuel economy requirements in the coming weeks. A formal announcement is tentatively set for Wednesday at the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters and automakers and dealers have been invited to attend, industry officials said.

Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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