Auto group tries to block EPA from finalizing vehicle rules

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By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A major auto trade group is making a last-ditch effort to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from finalizing tough fuel economy standards through the 2025 model year.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a trade group representing General Motors Co, Toyota Motor Corp, Ford Motor Co, Volkswagen AG and Daimler AG, late Monday urged congressional negotiators to include language in a short-term budget resolution that would bar the Obama administration from finalizing the rules before it leaves office next month.

“EPA’s sudden and controversial move to propose auto regulations eight months early – even after Congress warned agencies about taking such steps while political appointees were packing their bags – calls out for congressional action to pause this rulemaking until a thoughtful policy review can occur,” said Gloria…

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