NJ joins lawsuit against Trump administration’s emission standards plan

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New Jersey has joined in on a lawsuit against the Trump administration over plans by the Environmental Protection Agency to scrap gas mileage standards and limits on greenhouse gases cars can emit.

The plan would impact new vehicles manufactured between 2022 and 2025.

RELATED: California sues over plan to scrap car emission standards

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says that the current standards are not appropriate and need revision. 

Automakers claim the standards have cost the industry billions of dollars, and they say that these standards had a direct impact on the wallets of those buying cars.

The state officials behind the federal lawsuit say that the decision to roll back the standards violates the Clean Air Act.

New Jersey joins 16 other states in the lawsuit, including New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Washington, D.C.

California Gov. Jerry Brown says that the states will work together to “defend the nation's clean car standards, to boost gas mileage and curb toxic air pollution."

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