SACRAMENTO — Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer plans to sue the Bush administration today, alleging that new federal fuel economy standards for light trucks and sport utility vehicles violate federal environmental laws.
The lawsuit -- to be filed with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals by California, nine other states, the District of Columbia and the city of New York -- alleges that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has failed to address the effect of the standards on air quality and greenhouse gas emissions.
"The Bush administration once again has missed an opportunity to promote new technology, fuel economy and conservation by issuing fuel economy goals that are status quo," Lockyer said in a statement released by his office Monday.
Robert Johnson, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Transportation, called the lawsuit "predictable" and stressed that "we have every confidence our rule will be upheld when it is reviewed by the courts."