Senate environment committee advances EPA nominee Wheeler

Utility Dive: Wheeler's confirmation hearing in January, heavily attended by environmental protestors, revealed new information about how the EPA planned to weaken vehicle fuel standards finalized by the Obama administration.

In August, Wheeler announced plans to freeze vehicle emissions standards and revoke California's ability to set its own, more stringent rules. During his hearing, Wheeler said the agency would increase fuel efficiency standards for vehicles by 0.5%, less than the increase planned by his EPA predecessors.

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