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EPA Chief Says He Wants Compromise With California on Car Rules

Andrew Wheeler

Andrew Wheeler

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The Trump administration wants an agreement with California on automobile efficiency regulations to avoid a messy legal battle with the state, the Environmental Protection Agency’s top official told lawmakers Wednesday.

Andrew Wheeler, the EPA’s acting administrator, told a Senate panel on Wednesday that he would “certainly welcome” a compromise deal with California and would be willing to forgo challenging that state’s authority to set its own automobile efficiency requirements as part of such a pact.