USEPA, DOT say California actions on auto emissions appear to be "unlawful"
Scientists fight Trump EPA 'secret science' proposal to exclude certain research
Scientists on Tuesday pushed back against a Trump administration proposal that would block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from relying on studies that don't make their underlying data public.Critics say the proposal, introduced by former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in 2017 to battle what he called "secret science," risks eliminating major studies from consideration as the EPA considers new policies.Current EPA Administrator
WASHINGTON, Sept 6 (Reuters) - The top lawyers at the Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation Department told the California Air Resources Board Friday that the state's actions in connection with a voluntary emissions deal with four automakers "appear to be unlawful and invalid."
Ford Motor Co, Honda Motor Co, BMW AG and Volkswagen AG in July agreed to adopt revised California vehicle emissions standards in exchange for some flexibilities offered by the state. The four automakers also agreed not to challenge the state's legal authority.
The letter -- copies of which were sent to the automakers chief executives -- said the automakers' commitments "may result in legal consequences given the limits placed in federal law on California's authority." California did not immediately comment.
(Reporting by David Shepardson)
Bahamian officials say 2,500 people registered as missing in Dorian's wake.
Bahamian officials said on Wednesday that 2,500 people have been registered as missing in the wake of the devastating Hurricane Dorian but cautioned the full list of missing has not been checked to see if any of those people are in shelters. "This list has not yet been checked against government records of who are staying in shelters or who have been evacuated," National Emergency Management Agency spokesman Carl Smith told a press conference. "The database processing is underway." Thousands of people are in shelters on the islands. Officials have confirmed 50 deaths caused by the Sept. 1 storm.