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California Air Resources Board to strengthen vehicle emission standards

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
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  • July 24 2011

On July 19, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released a proposal at a workshop that would require new passenger cars sold in California in 2025 to emit 75 percent less smog-forming pollution than today’s vehicles

European Commission approves biofuel certification plans

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
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  • July 24 2011

The European Commission approved seven certification schemes that will be recognized throughout the 27 European Union member states

California’s high-speed rail authority signs memo promoting sustainability

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 24 2011

On July 19, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) and five federal agencies signed a memorandum of understanding, entitled “The Memorandum of Understanding for Achieving an Environmentally Sustainable High-Speed Train System for California.”

Michigan delegation calls 5 increase in fuel economy standards overly aggressive

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 24 2011

In a July 21 letter, each member of Michigan's congressional delegation, except Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), told President Obama they are “deeply concerned” about the prospect of a 56.2 miles per gallon by 2025 fuel standard for cars and light trucks

Plans to increase average fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • July 31 2011

On July 29, President Obama announced an initiative, as part of an agreement with automobile manufacturers and unions, to increase the average fuel economy requirements to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 for cars and light-duty trucks which would reduce demand for oil imports by 6 billion barrels and save the economy $1.7 trillion in fuel costs

Obama announces fuel economy and GHG rule

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • August 7 2011

On August 4, the White House announced that a final rule setting GHG emissions standards for mediumand heavy-duty trucks is to be formally unveiled by President Obama on August 9

$8.5 million on diesel exhaust

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
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  • August 21 2011

Seven cargo terminal operators at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach agreed last week to spend a combined $8.5 million on diesel exhaust charges to resolve alleged violations of California’s safe drinking water and toxic substances enforcement law

EV tools launched

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
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  • August 28 2011

The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy launched two online tools August 22 designed to help communities better prepare for widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles

House to investigate fuel economy standards

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • October 2 2011

On September 30, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a letter that the Obama administration may have violated the Administrative Procedure Act in negotiating the increase of the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standard to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 for model year 2017 through 2025 cars and light trucks

Insufficient fees collected

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
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  • October 2 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Inspector General issued a report September 23 in which it found that the agency is not collecting enough fees from vehicle and engine manufacturers and importers to recover the costs of administering the Motor Vehicle and Engine Compliance Program