Republicans intensify war on California rail pollution rule

By Nicole Norman | 06/10/2024 06:47 AM EDT

A hearing this week is part of a monthslong Republican campaign against the proposed standards.

Rep. Jay Obernolte (R-Calif.).

Rep. Jay Obernolte (R-Calif.), chair of the House Science Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, will hold a hearing this week on California rail emissions regulations. House Television

House Republicans will continue applying pressure on EPA this week to reject a California rail emissions rule.

The Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight — led by Rep. Jay Obernolte (R-Calif.) — will hear from two railroad industry advocates who have spoken out against the regulation.

The California Air Resources Board’s rule goes further than federal standards and went into effect in January, but requires an EPA signoff before it can be enforced.


Obernolte, who represents portions of Kern, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, led the charge along with other House Republicans in a letter to the EPA in May. They urged the agency deny the California board’s request to implement the pollution mandates.