The EPA Inspector General initiated a probe of the agency’s rollback of auto emissions and fuel efficiency regulations, it announced Monday.
The Trump administration’s rollback of the Obama-era pollution standards and its formulation of the replacement, formally known as the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule, were finalized in a rush in March and riddled with controversy. Multiple outside experts questioned the Trump administration’s justification for the rollback, and just over a month before the final rule was published, it’s own analysis found it would raise costs for consumers and increase deaths associated with lung disease from greater pollution.
“This is really serious,” Vickie Patton, general counsel for the Environmental Defense Fund, told the New York Times. “It’s rare for E.P.A.’s inspector general to conduct an investigation of the agency’s rule-making.”