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Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Attorney General Donovan Opposes Roll Back Of Greenhouse Gas Performance Measure

November 13, 2017

CONTACT: Nick Persampieri, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-3186

November 13, 2017

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan joined with five other state attorneys general to oppose the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)’s plan to roll back an important Greenhouse Gas Performance Measure. The Measure went into effect on September 28, 2017. It requires all states to track on-road greenhouse gas emissions, to set locally-appropriate performance targets, and to ensure consistency in data collection. The coalition of attorneys general filed comments on proposed rulemaking by FHWA that would repeal the Greenhouse Gas Performance Measure. In their comments, the attorneys general underscore the need for the Measure given our rapidly changing climate, and call for it to be kept in place and enforced.

The transportation sector is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Vermont and nationally. Transportation infrastructure is increasingly threatened by climate change-related events like damaging storms and floods.

Last month, Attorney General Donovan was part of a coalition of eight attorneys general and the California Air Resources Board who sued the U.S. Department of Transportation for attempting to delay implementation of the Greenhouse Gas Performance Measure. Facing this legal challenge, the Department reversed course and put the Measure into effect. The FHWA has since published a notice of proposed rulemaking to attempt the formal repeal of this important environmental rule. Attorney General Donovan and his fellow attorneys general are commenting on that proposal.

Joining Attorney General Donovan in submitting the comments were the attorneys general of California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon and Washington.

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