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Republicans, California regulator spar over rail rule

By Nicole Norman | 07/10/2024 06:13 AM EDT

House GOP lawmakers have been trying to persuade EPA to block the standards.

Heather Arias.

Heather Arias, chief of the Transportation and Toxins Division of the California Air Resources Board, on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee/YouTube

A California official on Tuesday defended her state’s new pollution rules for trains to Republicans lawmakers eager to kill the mandates.

A House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee held the second hearing in recent weeks on the rules, which are pending before EPA.

“Reduction of the pollution caused by locomotives operating in the state is critical for California to meet it’s Clean Air Act obligations,” said Heather Arias, chief of the Transportation and Toxins division of the California Air Resources Board.

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The rule would require older trains to be phased out. It also moves against idling and would make companies pay for emissions.

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