Calif. Ponders Emission Rules to Offset Weaker U.S. Limits

May 16, 2019 at 5:17 PM

California regulators say they may impose more demanding emission limits on cars—and even a ban on internal combustion engines—to offset the greater pollution from vehicles that meet the relaxed standards planned by the Trump administration.

California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols says in remarks for a meeting with the state’s transport and air quality agencies that potential actions could affect the use of conventional carbon fuels, impose tougher emission limits for the state’s oil refineries and launch more stringent enforcement of emission rules for stationary and mobile sources.

The state declared a year ago that it will enforce federal emission rules scheduled to tighten through 2025, even though the Trump administration plans to freeze those standards in 2020. The White House also plans to pursue steps to strip California of its power to set its own emission regulations.