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California’s Right to Set Mileage Rules Being Restored by Biden

  • Proposal to ditch Trump rule blocking states from own targets
  • New national mileage rules to be issued by Biden’s DOT in July
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California’s power to set tougher gas mileage rules for cars to limit pollution will be restored as part of moves by the Biden administration that reverse Trump-era policies.

The U.S. Transportation Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Thursday it plans to rescind portions of a 2019 Trump administration rule that sought to preempt California and other states from issuing their own limits on greenhouse gas emissions, including zero emissions vehicle mandates. California’s policies are followed by 13 other states and the District of Columbia.