Welch leads effort to get EPA turnabout

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Congressman Peter Welch says the Environmental Protection Agency has run out of excuses for their failure so far to allow states to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles.

Welch led an effort in the U.S. House to get a total of 90 members to sign a letter calling on the E-P-A to grant the waiver required for the California greenhouse gas emission rules to take effect.

The move comes a week after Vermont federal Judge William Sessions rejected a suit brought by the auto industry seeking to block California, Vermont and other states from regulating vehicle carbon emissions.

An E-P-A spokeswoman says the agency is studying California’s request and is expected to rule by the end of the year.

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