On Dec. 7, 2021, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) began the process of updating California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) by holding a virtual workshop where CARB staff discussed
Continue Reading California Air Resources Board Begins Process to Update Low Carbon Fuel Standard Regulations

On Oct. 9, 2021, California Gov. Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 1346, which will require the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to develop regulations to prohibit engine exhaust
Continue Reading California Air Resources Board Announces Rulemaking Regarding Small Off-Road Engine Regulations

On Sept. 25, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz asked the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to initiate the process to establish a Clean Cars Minnesota Rule, which would set both a low-emission vehicle (LEV) standard and a zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) standard. Next month, the MPCA will begin its rulemaking process, with a goal of adopting a final rule by December 2020. If implemented, Minnesota would join 14 states with an LEV standard, 11 of which also have a ZEV standard.

The Minnesota plan is modeled after California LEV and ZEV standards. California has a nearly 50-year-old waiver under the Clean Air Act permitting the state to set stricter emission standards. After indications that the federal government would publish a rule revoking the waiver, California, joined by 22 other states, including Minnesota, and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit seeking to enforce states’ rights to set emission standards more stringent than those imposed by the federal government. The lawsuit presents novel questions under the Clean Air Act including whether a waiver can be revoked, and if so, under what circumstances. Any final rule in Minnesota will be contingent on states retaining the right to adopt more restrictive measures, including through the operative waiver under Sections 209(b) and 177 of the Clean Air Act.   
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A non-partisan legislative analyst has recommended that the California legislature direct the California Air Quality Board to cease all work on its cap-and-trade program until it completes its analysis of alternatives.

Continue Reading Non-Partisan Legislative Analyst Recommends Ceasing All Work on the Cap-And-Trade Program Until More Alternatives are Analyzed By Legislature