Description: Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking information underlying proposed federal rollbacks of vehicle emission and fuel economy standards.
California Air Resources Board v. EPA
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 04/05/2019 Complaint Download Complaint filed. CARB Sought to Compel Release of Information Underlying Proposed Rollback of Vehicle Emission Standards. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) seeking to compel the agencies to conduct searches for, and make available, records responding to CARB’s requests for information related to the agencies’ proposed rollbacks of vehicle emission and fuel economy standards. CARB alleged that the agencies’ proposed rollbacks “contradict previous, thorough technical analyses conducted by EPA, NHTSA, CARB and others” and that “in a stark departure from prior rulemakings, critical information underlying EPA’s and NHTSA’s analyses was not disclosed.” CARB said that “very serious flaws” in the agencies’ analysis and conclusions compelled it to submit FOIA requests for underlying information. CARB asserted that EPA had failed to issue timely determinations on its requests, and that NHTSA had improperly withheld information.