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States Sue Trump Admin Over Fuel Economy Fines

Posted: 09/11/2017 12:45:00 -04:00 Updated:
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DETROIT (AP/WBOC)- New York, California, Maryland and two other states are suing the Trump administration, saying it must put in place higher penalties for automakers that violate federal fuel economy standards.

The U.S. Department of Transportation more than doubled civil penalties for fuel economy violations last year after Congress ordered agencies to adjust their fines for inflation.

The new rule, which was set to take effect in July, would require automakers to pay $14 for every tenth of a mile per gallon of fuel a vehicle consumes over its minimum fuel economy, multiplied by the number of vehicles sold. Since the mid-1970s, automakers have paid $5.50 for every tenth of a mile per gallon over the limit.

Automakers objected, saying the change would cost them $1 billion per year. The federal government delayed the rule indefinitely in July, saying it didn't adequately consider the cost to automakers.

The states say that delay is illegal, because the federal government acted without notice and without public comment. The action also violates Congress's directive that agencies increase penalties, the lawsuit says.

"Fuel efficiency standards are common sense, protecting Americans' pocketbooks and reducing the emissions that undermine public health and drive climate change," New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a prepared statement.

Vermont and Pennsylvania joined the lawsuit, which was filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York.

The Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a similar lawsuit last week.

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