CARB Waiver Timeline
Status of California greenhouse gas vehicle emissions rules
During the period the federal action is in effect, CARB will administer the affected portions of its program on a voluntary basis, including issuing certifications for the greenhouse gas emissions and zero-emission vehicle programs.
November 15, 2019
October 28, 2019
15 automakers, and National Automobile Dealers Association, join Trump administration in its lawsuit to prevent California from setting its own vehicle emission standards.
October 8, 2019
California and other states move to amend the complaint from September 20, 2019 to address elements in the formal federal preemption notice posted in the Federal Register and to add the City and County of San Francisco as plaintiffs.
Federal attack on California environmental rules
September 26, 2019
In a move that appears yet again to target California specifically, Wheeler issues water quality threat: “EPA is aware of the developing homelessness crisis…”
September 24, 2019
In a move that targets California, Wheeler sends a letter: “…California has failed to carry out its most basic tasks…” in protecting air quality. It also mentions issues related to paperwork involving state air plans and backlogs on processing them.
CARB Executive Officer posts a response to this letter.
Chair Nichols responds in detail.
The Federal Government finalizes attempts to revoke the federal Clean Air Act waiver for California’s GHG and ZEV programs, and to deem them preempted under federal law
September 20, 2019
With EPA finally having formally revoked the California waiver and NHTSA issuing its final preemption rule, California & 23 other states file suit: “…challengingTrump Administration’s attempt to trample California’s authority to maintain longstanding clean car standards. The suit is filed in the district court for the District of Columbia against the NHTSA preemption rule. CARB indicates further litigation will follow against EPA.
Governor Newsom issues an Executive Order calling on state pension funds to invest in clean vehicle technology and directs the State Transportation Agency to focus transportation investments near housing, managing congestion and encourage alternatives to driving.
September 19, 2019
EPA issues a press release announcing the formal waiver revocation and NHTSA preemption rule: “…an initial step towards finalizing the proposed Safer, Affordable, Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule.”
September 18, 2019
After weeks of rumored action, Trump tweets the news about revoking the waiver and issue a preemption rule: “The Trump Administration is revoking California’s federal waiver on emissions…”
In advance of the formal EPA announcement, and bolstered by Trump’s tweet, Governor Newsom, Attorney General Becerra and CARB Chair Mary Nichols hold California press conference: “Shame on the Trump Administration for putting the health of millions of its citizens at risk…”
Attorney General Becerra issues a California press release “blasting Trump administration attempt to rob California’s legal authority to set emission standards.”
Aftermath of agreement with four automakers
Laying the groundwork to attack California September 17, 2019. In a speech to auto dealers in Washington, Wheeler misrepresents the action and the case for revoking California’s waiver and issuing rules expanding federal preemption: “Federalism does not mean that one state can dictate standards for the nation.”
September 6, 2019
U.S. DOJ opens anti-trust probe against four carmakers. This action draws a Congressional request that DOJ investigate its own probe for corruption.
The Washington, DC federal circuit court hears California’s arguments against reopening Mid-term Review.
Warning to CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols/CARB: “…put California on notice…”
August 21, 2019
Trump responds to framework agreement: “Foolish executives!”
California and automakers chart their own course
July 25, 2019
California/Automakers framework announced “…provides industry the certainty needed to make investments and create jobs.”
July 9, 2019
Auto Alliance responds to governors: “Automakers have said many times that we support year-over-year increases in fuel economy standards…”
24 Governors appeal Trump rollback: “(We) stand together in calling for one strong, national clean car standard and support preserving state authority…”
Administration ends fictional cooperation.
June 20, 2019
U.S.EPA Chief accuses CARB Chair of dishonesty: “Ms. Nichols was unable or unwilling to be a good faith negotiator.”
Chair Nichols debunks Wheeler claim in Congressional testimony.
June 6, 2019
White House cuts off efforts with California: “…automakers asked Mr. Trump to go back to the negotiating table…”
White House rejects automakers’ appeal: “…we are moving forward to finalize a rule…”
Automakers appeal for Trump to work with California: “…our customers expect continuous improvements in safety, efficiency, and capability.”
Automaker letter to Governor Newsom: “We urge both California and the federal government to resume discussions, because avoiding protracted litigation and uncertainty is good for all parties…”
Battle for information on proposed rule and actions by California
April 5, 2019
CARB files suit against U.S. EPA for failure to supply supporting scientific and other evidence requested under the Freedom of Information Act.
December 13, 2018
New York Times investigation released: "...it turns out that there was a hidden beneficiary of the plan that was pushing for the changes all along: the nation’s oil industry."
October 26, 2018
Federal challenge meets pushback: “This Trump Administration attack on innovative vehicle technology jeopardizes the health of millions…”
CARB files comments on federal SAFE vehicle rule.
California submits comments showing federal proposal is deeply flawed.
September 28, 2018
Board acts to approve amendments to Deem-to-Comply provision.
August 7, 2018
CARB moves to amend vehicle regulatory Deem-to-Comply provision to state that federal vehicle emissions standards will comply with California regulations only as long as the existing One National Program GHG standards remains in place.
May 1, 2018
U.S. EPA rollback of vehicle emissions standards: CA and 17 states sue U.S. EPA/NHTSA over reopening Final Determination.
April 2, 2018
Announcement of regulatory rollback: NHTSA & U.S. EPA “…propose to amend certain existing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas emissions standards…”
CARB Chair Nichols response: “This is not a technical assessment; it is a move to demolish the nation’s clean car program.”
U.S. EPA reopens midterm review of vehicle emissions
March 15, 2017
February 21, 2017
Auto Alliance letter to Trump requesting regulatory relief: “EPA has ample authority to withdraw the final determination on its own initiative…”
January 24, 2017
Auto CEOs meet with Trump to discuss loosening emissions rules (transcript not available).
November 10, 2016
Trump elected November 8, 2016; automakers immediately request easing of agreed-upon vehicle emissions rules.