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The Biden administration cleared the way Friday for California to set rules phasing out diesel trucks, eliciting an outcry from regional and national trucking groups about the expected effect of the rules.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s waiver authorized the state to enforce its Advanced Clean Trucks rule, which requires 75% of Class 4-8 truck sales to be zero-emission vehicles by 2035, according to the governor’s office.
The American Trucking Associations argued the EPA, not California, should set emissions rules and said the state lacks the required infrastructure. “California’s rhetoric is not being matched by technology,” ATA President and CEO Chris Spear said in a statement, urging the EPA to instead create “a single, achievable national standard.”