On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency, led by Scott Pruitt, announced it will reconsider Obama-era emission and fuel economy regulations, but another scene played out in the background. According to a New York Times report on Monday, a Chevrolet dealership was alleged to host the EPA and Pruitt to announce the decision.
However, the dealership reportedly backed out as other dealers pushed back on the idea of associating Chevrolet with the EPA and its decision. Pruitt was allegedly supposed to make the announcement on Tuesday of this week, but the news came on Monday instead.
The dealership, Pohanka Chevrolet in Chantilly, Virginia, reportedly canceled the event on Monday after receiving criticism.
With the announcement, Pruitt also opened up a challenge to California’s decades-old right to set its own emission and fuel economy standards. Many states following the California Air Resources Board regulations over the federal guidelines. Quickly, the challenge will likely turn into a state’s rights issue, and California has already vowed to fight any changes.