Monday, May 27, 2019

Upton, Whitfield, Burgess request extended comment period from EPA, NHTS

Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)

U.S. Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI), Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Michael C. Burgess (R-TX) recently wrote a letter requesting an extended public comment period on a draft technical assessment relating to emissions standards for light-duty vehicles.

“We write regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recently released Draft Technical Assessment Report: Midterm Evaluation of Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for Model Years 2022-2025,” Upton, Whitfield and Burgess, who serve as chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, chair of the Energy and Power Subcommittee and chair of the Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee, respectively, wrote. "The agencies have provided a public comment period on the Draft TAR from July 15, 2016 to Sept. 26, 2016. We assert that the current comment period does not provide necessary time for adequate public review.”

The letter, addressed to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator Mark Rosekind, contends that the length and complexity of the document require extended time for review.

“The Draft TAR exceeds 1,000 pages in length, contains extensive technical information, and references a large number of supporting documents. Furthermore, a portion of the referenced supporting documents were not available at the beginning of the public comment period,” Upton, Whitfield and Burgess noted in the letter. “We believe the agencies should provide a full 60-day extension for comment on the Draft TAR, allowing the public to comment until Nov. 26, 2016.” 

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