WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is readying proposals to weaken Obama administration automotive fuel economy standards for release as early as next week, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.
The proposals from the EPA and NHTSA will offer several options to pare the current rules and recommend freezing mileage standards from the 2020 through 2026 model years, according to the person, who asked not be identified discussing the plans.
NHTSA’s proposal also will say that a 1975 law prohibits California from setting its own vehicle efficiency standards, the person added. The state has coordinated its standards with federal regulators for several years.
The White House’s Office of Management and Budget has been reviewing the EPA and NHTSA proposals since late May. The timing of the release was reported earlier Thursday by E&E News.
The timing could change if additional questions are raised that need review by the White House, the person said.