Vermont 1 of 23 states suing over emissions standards

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This Feb. 14, 2019, photo released by Caltrans District 3 shows a 7-mile back up on the South bound Interstate 5, as it reopens to traffic in Maxwell in Colusa County, Calif. The Trump administration is poised revoke California’s authority to set auto mileage standards, asserting that only the federal government has the power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy. (Caltrans District 3 via AP)

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan says the state is one of 23 states suing to stop the Trump administration from revoking California’s authority to set emission standards for cars and trucks.

Donovan says Vermont signed onto the lawsuit filed Friday by California’s attorney general.

On Thursday the Trump administration revoked California’s authority to set its own auto emission standards. The president argued his action would result in less expensive, safer cars.

California has for decades had the authority to set its own emission standards.

The lawsuit argues that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does not have the authority to revoke California’s waiver. Vermont has adopted the California standards.

The lawsuit also includes the District of Columbia, Los Angeles and New York.

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