California's battling with the right to set tougher standard

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The Trump administration intensified its battle with California on Tuesday, blaming the state for neglecting to authorize the U.S. Clean Air Act and taking steps to pull back billions of dollars in government highway funds to the nation's most crowded state.

California, which has forced severe state principles constraining vehicle emissions in disregard of Trump's attempts to move back regulations, has the most noticeably terrible air quality in the United States," U.S. Ecological Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler wrote to California Air Resource Board head Mary Nichols in a letter dated Tuesday.

EPA authorities acknowledged they had not sent any similar letters to different states and denied the letter was politically intended. The state of California has the biggest accumulation of state implementation intends to address ambient air quality measures.

The letter battled that California has neglected to do its most fundamental tasks under the Clean Air Act, and 34 million individuals in the state live in areas that don't fulfill air quality standards, more than twice the same number of individuals as some other state."

According to Wheeler, EPA stands prepared to work with California to meet the Trump Administration's objective of clean, healthy air for all Americans, and we trust the state will work with us in compliance with good faith.

California is set to get simply over $4 billion in government highway funding in the budget year that starts Oct. 1.

Representative Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, said the threat to retain California's highway funding over clean air quality reports is the altitude of hypocrisy. California shouldn't be addressed by an administration indebted to polluters."

A week ago, the EPA said it was making the remarkable step of disavowing California's waiver under the Clean Air Act to set tailpipe emissions standards and require zero-emission vehicles, while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said California was appropriated from making a move on tailpipe emissions.

On Friday, California and 22 different states sued NHTSA and it intends to challenge the EPA decision at a letter date. The letter was reported on Monday by the Sacramento Bee, however, declared by the EPA on Tuesday.

Prior this year, the Trump administration said it was denying $929 million of California's high-speed rail project that was granted in 2010, inciting the state to file suit.

On Tuesday, the state of California documented its 29th environmental lawsuit against the Trump administration, testing the EPA's determination that 1,365 acres of salt ponds in Redwood City are not waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act.