CAFE plan unlikely to change despite EPA chief's departure
WASHINGTON -- EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson's departure is unlikely to affect the strict fuel economy deal she helped broker, says a spokeswoman for auto manufacturers.
Jackson, 50, said last week that she will step aside in January. Soon after taking office in 2009, she gave California the waiver it needed to set stricter tailpipe rules, which became the blueprint for federal standards that will raise corporate average fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg by the 2025 model year.
The next step under the 54.5 mpg deal will be "a rigorous midterm review," wrote Gloria Bergquist, a spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, in an e-mail. "We expect that the next administrator will continue along the same regulatory pathway."
The review is slated for 2017.
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