EPA deci­sion pits ‘Amtrak Joe’ against the rail­roads, again

Pres­i­dent Joe Biden’s White House has again insert­ed itself into a dis­pute involv­ing America’s rail­roads. This time, the Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency has made it eas­i­er for Cal­i­for­nia to require rail­roads to replace diesel-pow­ered loco­mo­tives with elec­tric loco­mo­tives or oth­er low­er-emis­sion alter­na­tives.
“The Cal­i­for­nia loco­mo­tive reg­u­la­tion is unrea­son­able, based on flawed assump­tions and man­dates tech­nol­o­gy that is not viable or com­mer­cial­ly avail­able today, par­tic­u­lar­ly at scale,” Ted Green­er, spokesman for the Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­i­can Rail­roads, told the Wash­ing­ton Exam­in­er.
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The rail­roads’ trade group has been fight­ing the law in court. The EPA’s pre­emp­tion waiv­er, which goes into effect on Dec. 8, is mak­ing rail­road lawyers’ jobs that much hard­er. Demo­c­ra­t­ic Cal­i­for­nia Attor­ney Gen­er­al Rob Bon­ta has already filed for a dis­missal of the suit, cit­ing the Biden administration’s action.
Pre­vi­ous­ly, fed­er­al law had pre­empt­ed state …