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EPA Inspector General to Evaluate SAFE Vehicle Rule Part 2

Date: July 28, 2020

On Monday, the Inspector General (IG) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will review the administration's SAFE Vehicle Rule Part 2.

In May, Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee asked the IG to look into the matter and investigate evidence of EPA officials circumventing rulemaking requirements for the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule. The IG will consider whether the Final Rule is “consistent with requirements, including those pertaining to transparency, record-keeping, and docketing, and followed the EPA’s process for developing final regulatory actions.” In his original request, Carper mentioned that he was informed that EPA officials were allegedly hiding the agency’s comments on SAFE from the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and instead only submitting them to the Department of Transportation (DOT). In January, Carper called for DOT to submit a draft final Regulatory Impact Analysis to the OMB. The draft was completed but, according to Carper’s February letter, the draft was identical to a January draft preamble document, except without “111 instances of the phrase ‘text forthcoming’” and no new forthcoming text.

MEMA supports continued progress of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) standards. If there is no continued progress in the standards, it would put at risk the investments, intellectual property and jobs here in the U.S. and shift them to other markets where the standards are more stringent. MEMA urged EPA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to ensure the final rule provides industry with regulatory certainty and continued progress in the standards. For more information, contact Laurie Holmes.

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