The EPA should grant California a grace period to update and finalize its plans to improve air quality, instead of making it harder for state officials to make environmentally beneficial infrastructure upgrades, Christianson said.
"California has the worst air quality in the United States", Wheeler wrote, adding that many of those 130 plans "are inactive and appear to have fundamental issues" that would prevent them from getting approved.
Wheeler sent a letter to California's top air official on Tuesday saying the state's plans to improve air quality were insufficient and they could lose federal funds if they don't withdraw the old plans and submit new ones that correct the problems. Last week the administration said it will revoke a waiver that allows California to set stricter vehicle emission standards.
"Just as the Trump administration is taking yet another political pot shot at California, it's also trying to undercut the zero-emission vehicle program there, which is one crucial way the state is trying to cut down on soot and smog", David Pettit, a senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement.
California was approved to receive more than $19 billion in federal highway grants between 2016 and 2020, according to the Federal Highway Administration, but the administration can not withhold money from grants to improve safety problems or prevent accidents under the Clean Air Act. But no state has more problems than California, where 85% of the population - 34 million people - breathe dirty air.
Last week, The Trump administration formally revoked California's authority to set its own automobile emission standards. According to the Department of Transportation California is projected to receive more than $19 billion from the Federal Highway Administration between fiscal years 2016 and 2020.
EPA's move is the latest in a string of attacks on the Golden State over its efforts to reduce air pollution and combat climate change.
"I don't know what the hell happened to this country that we have the president that we do today, on this issue", Newsom said Monday morning.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, said the "threat to withhold California's highway funding over clean air quality reports is the height of hypocrisy".
In North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper's administration is considering a clean energy plan that includes strategies for increasing registered electric vehicles in the state to 80,000 by 2025, The News & Observer has reported.
The move is the latest battle the Trump administration has picked with California over its environmental policies.
California's independent streak on regulation began in 1947, when Los Angeles became the first city in the country to implement local air pollution regulators.
The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Many Trump administration officials and allies of the President have refused to answer questions before congressional committees. The committee is asking the person's lawyer to arrange a "closed, bipartisan interview" with staff attorneys on Friday.
Once at the Cosmodrome, Meir was seen putting on her space suit and checking to make sure it could be pressurized. Skripochka is a veteran of two missions to the space station, but it will be the first for Meir and Almansoori.
The playmaker left the field and doctors attended to his leg for few minutes before he eventually returned and finished the half. A shock 2-0 defeat to Granada came before the 2-1 win over Villarreal which moved Barcelona up to fourth in the table.
The company said " Creatable World " is a customizable doll kit "letting toys be toys so that kids can just be kids". Some options are more feminine-presenting, while others are more masculine-presenting.
Amid a torrent of new product releases on Wednesday, Amazon announced a company-first: a set of voice-activated wireless earbuds . Got a 4K Fire TV? Amazon previously kept a copy of all audio Alexa records after hearing its name prompt it to listen.
But officials say a new airport was needed to take the pressure off the overcrowded Beijing Capital International Airport. State broadcaster CCTV, which offered a live coverage of the first flight, offered no explanation for the delay.
Another key player throughout the process will be Avigdor Lieberman, whose Yisrael Beitenu party controls eight seats. Gantz's centrist Blue and White came in first in the elections, with 33 seats, trailed by Netanyahu's Likud with 31.
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