FILE -- In this June 19, 2008, file photo a truck drives past Mount Shasta near Weed, Calif. California and 14 other states are suing the Trump administration over its decision to suspend an Obama-era rule aimed at limiting pollution from trucks. The lawsuit filed Thursday, July 19, 2018, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit says the July 6 decision by the Environmental Protection Agency was illegal and could put thousands of additional highly polluting trucks on the roads. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California sues over Trump suspending truck pollution rule

July 19, 2018 - 5:52 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California and 14 other states are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its decision to suspend an Obama-era rule aimed at limiting pollution from trucks.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit says the July 6 decision by the Trump EPA was illegal and could put thousands of additional highly polluting trucks on the roads.

The rule at issue limited production of heavy-duty freight trucks outfitted with older engines that don't meet today's emissions standards.

An email to the EPA for comment on the suit was not immediately returned.

An EPA official said in a memo that the suspension was in the public interest to avoid disruption to small businesses that make the trucks with older engines.

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