California Agency to Seek Federal Waiver for Fleet Rules
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) has asked the state of California to submit fleet rules to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a waiver from the Clean Air Act. The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a decision stating that California’s fleet rules' purchase requirements are emission standards subject to the preemption provision in the federal Clean Air Act. Meanwhile, AQMD has issued an advisory notice to fleets, stating, in part, that "the fleet rules remain in force and effect as they apply to state and local public entities including the State of California, counties, cities, and special districts." The text of the advisory is available at www.aqmd.gov/tao/FleetRules/advisory01.pdf/.