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Published:July 1st, 2007 11:58 EST

U.S. Department of Transportation Responds to Congressional Request Related to Fuel Economy Regulation

By SOP newswire

The U.S. Department of Transportation today provided the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform with internal documents related to efforts to inform Members of Congress and state governors about the opportunity to give comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the need to preserve national fuel economy standards.

The information relates to the Department’s participation in an important proceeding – pending before the EPA – that could affect automotive safety, fuel savings and the health of the U.S. economy.

The EPA is currently considering a petition by the state of California for permission to impose its own fuel economy regulatory policy. In connection with that petition, EPA provided the public with 46 days to submit comments on the California petition. The documents provided to the committee today reflect the Department’s effort to encourage elected officials to offer comments, and are consistent with the Department’s 30-year record of support for a single, national fuel economy standard.

“Our support for a single, national fuel economy standard is long established and well known," said Brian Turmail, the Department’s Director of Communications. “Our efforts to inform elected officials about this petition are legal, appropriate and consistent with our decades-long position."