The Environmental Protection Agency is saying no to California’s bid for first-in-the-nation greenhouse gas limits on cars, trucks and SUVs.
The EPA is refusing to give the state a waiver that would have allowed those restrictions to take effect.
The long-awaiting decision amounts to a serious setback for California and 16 other states, including Vermont, seeking new car regulations to achieve anti-global warming goals.
Vermont won a lawsuit this year in federal court that would allow the state the right to set its own greenhouse gas emission standards.
But without the EPA waiver, Vermont and other states cannot enact the standards.