Madison — Last week, Representative Donna Rozar (R-Marshfield) circulated a letter to her Legislative colleagues urging Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation to support legislation overturning an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Rule. The letter has received the support of 28 legislators from both the Assembly and Senate. A similar letter will be sent to EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan requesting that the agency reconsider this Rule.

The Rule is titled “Multi-Pollutant Emissions Standards for Model Years 2027 and Later Light-Duty and Medium-Duty Vehicles,” and was finalized this year by the EPA. This Rule creates a significant burden for auto manufacturers by requiring up to 56% of new light-duty vehicles produced to be battery electric vehicles by model year 2032. The investment in manufacturing infrastructure needed to meet this goal will result in consumers having fewer and more expensive alternatives to battery electric vehicles. Wisconsin’s cold winter season poses a significant challenge to the range and heating capabilities of battery electric vehicles. This mandate will force hard working Wisconsinites to rely on transportation that is unreliable and ineffective.

Two resolutions have been introduced in Congress to disapprove of this Rule under regulatory authority outlined in Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, House Joint Resolution 136, authored by Congressman John James, and Senate Joint Resolution 75 authored by Senator Pete Rickets. Both resolutions have been refereed to their respective committees, but have yet to receive a hearing.

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