Assemblywoman Monique Limón and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra
Assemblywoman Monique Limón and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announce on Friday at Shoreline Park in Santa Barbara a multistate lawsuit to protect vehicle emission standards. (Courtesy photo)

California and 22 other states filed a lawsuit Friday related to vehicle emission standards, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Assemblywoman Monique Limón said in statements at Shoreline Park in Santa Barbara.

The legal action was filed in Washington, D.C. Circuit Court, “challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to revoke the portions of a waiver it granted California in 2013 that permit the state to implement its greenhouse gas and zero emission vehicle standards,” according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Becerra said the Trump administration is trying to undo progress made on clean car standards.

“We are standing up for cleaner air standards and our ability to breathe cleaner air,” Limón said.

California’s environmental laws are working — and are working in other states — to reduce preventable pollution, she said.

“California’s clean car standards are achievable. They not only work, many other states around the country have chosen to adopt them. The Trump administration, on the other hand, has chosen to side with polluters. We believe we’re on the right side of history,” Becerra said in a statement.

Other state attorneys general who joined the legal filing are from Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia, according to Becerra, and the cities of Los Angeles and New York.

A group of states previously filed a lawsuit challenging a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regulation “designed to pre-empt” California’s vehicle emission standards, and Friday’s lawsuit asks the court to review the regulation in case the previous case gets dismissed, according to Becerra.

As background information, the Attorney General’s Office said that California needs to get a waiver from the EPA to set its own vehicle emission standards because of the Clean Air Act. Congress granted the waiver and in 2012, California adopted its Advanced Clean Cars Program addressing greenhouse gas emissions smog-causing pollutants.

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Giana Magnoli, Noozhawk Managing Editor

Noozhawk managing editor Giana Magnoli can be reached at gmagnoli@noozhawk.com.