EPA Could Shut Down CARB, But Pruitt Won't Say

Environmental Protection Agency

Scott Pruitt is arguably best known as the current Administrator of the EPA - the Environmental Protection Agency - a position in which he's faced considerable controversy while serving. Pruitt took office as the EPA's Administrator on February 17, 2017, when he was confirmed by the United States Senate, making him one of the first completed appointments to any political agency within the United States' federal levels of government since Donald Trump took office.

According to the California Air Resources Board, also known as CARB, Scott Pruitt failed to appropriately disclose the "current working relationship" held by the CARB and the EPA when he talked about the pair of government agencies during a testimony that he gave yesterday, on Thursday, April 26, 2018, upon Washington, D.C.'s Capitol Hill.

California has long been able to develop, maintain, and change the various rules and regulations regarding the air qualities standards and vehicle emissions within its borders. The Golden State has had these legally-backed capabilities since 1970, when the 1970 Clean Air Act was signed into law as part of the federal government of the United States.

It seems as if the CARB called out Scott Pruitt for his accidental goof during his testimony because the EPA, again, it's led by Pruitt, is considering rolling back the aforementioned freedoms that its state government has been able to take care of without the intervention of the federal government.

To give backstory on what this situation means and how it came about, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt made public three weeks ago, on April 2, 2018, that the Environmental Protection Agency was actively looking at standards of vehicle emissions that were put into action under the Barack Obama administration just a few years before the announcement was made.

While Scott Pruitt refused to be clear about whether the governmental agency he heads to take back that waiver that was given to the state of California via the 1970 Clean Air Act, but it seems as if he was interested in bringing together at least some level of working with one another between the California Air Resources Board and the Environmental Protection Agency.

There are no telling signs if the EPA will roll back the legislation that has made California one of the cleanest states in terms of output of motor vehicle admission per vehicle, though it's likely that it will keep its 1970 Clean Air Act framework because twelve other state follow its rules, too.