California sets vehicle pollution rules after Trump brakes U.S. plan

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Posted: Mar 24, 2017 5:11 PM

By Peter Henderson

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Reuters) - California on Friday approved vehicle pollution targets that the Trump administration last week put on hold, setting up a potential face-off between federal and state regulators that could be expensive for automakers and a headache for consumers.

California Air Resources Board members criticized the auto industry for asking federal regulators to reconsider vehicle emissions targets for 2022-2025. The board then finalized the vehicle pollution rules for the state, set a mandate for zero-emission sales over the same time period, and ordered its staff to start work on targets for after 2025.

(Additional reporting by David Shepardson in Washington, Nick Carey in Detroit and Rory Carroll in San Francisco; Editing by Matthew Lewis)