DETROIT Dec 22 The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency on Thursday told an automaker lobbyist group
that it will not extend the deadline for a review of strict fuel
economy standards through the 2025 vehicle model year,
indicating the agency will push ahead with a plan to make the
rules final before the Obama administration leaves office Jan.
Acting EPA Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe informed the
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which includes most major
automakers in the U.S. market, in a letter dated Thursday. The
auto manufacturers group had also requested that the EPA
withdraw its plans to finalize the new standards. The denial of
the auto group's requests had been expected.
(Reporting by David Shepardson and Bernie Woodall)