Federal Government To Strengthen Gas Mileage Requirements - News
States SueTen states, led by California, sued the federal government to try to force the Bush administration to strengthen gas mileage requirements for sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks. The lawsuit contends the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration failed to conduct a thorough analysis of the environmental benefits of fuel economy regulations and the impact of gasoline consumption on climate change. Environmentalists have expressed disappointment with the light-truck rule that would lead to a fleetwide average of 24 mpg by 2011. The program will be phased in through 2010, with automakers having the option of complying under the old system until the new rules take full effect in 2011. The 10 states include California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The District of Columbia and New York City were also plaintiffs.
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