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State Officials, Valley Air Advocates Warn Against Proposed EPA Rule

You know how newer cars are rated to drive a certain number of miles per gallon of fuel? That number is regulated by the federal government. Since 1978, the U.S. has required that cars achieve steadily better fuel economy. Earlier this year, however, the Trump Administration announced a new rule that would revoke some fuel economy standards set by the Obama administration. And a recent hearing in Fresno showed just how contentious the rule is. In late September, the EPA and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration didn’t just get a hearing—they got an earful. Hundreds of people traveled from across California to speak in a downtown Fresno ballroom usually reserved for weddings and quinceañeras. Angel Garcia is a community organizer in Exeter. He took the day off from work to come to the hearing — and he got about 20 other Tulare County residents to come with him. “It’s not often that hearings like this are held in our region to begin with, so this is definitely an
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