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Conservation Group Challenges SUV Fuel Standards

Publication Date: 
April 07, 2006

CBS 5 quotes Environmental Law Clinic director Debbie Sivas in an article describing efforts by conservation groups to challenge fuel economy standards for SUVs and other lights trucks set by the U.S. Department of Transportation:

Deborah Sivas, a lawyer for the Center for Biological Diversity, said the lawsuit in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will focus on arguments that the standards announced on March 29 should have been reviewed in a full environmental impact statement.

Sivas, who directs the Stanford University Environmental Law Clinic, said, "The Department of Transportation has utterly failed to examine the overall environmental impacts of greenhouse gases emitted by light trucks."


Sivas said that under federal law, challenges to the standards are filed directly in a U.S. appeals court. Briefs setting forth the arguments in a challenge are filed after the court sets a briefing schedule, she said. The attorney said she expects the briefing to be completed by the end of the year.

Sivas said [this] was the first day of a 60-day period in which lawsuits challenging the standards could be filed and the center's lawsuit appears to be the first one filed.