--Following up on yesterday's news that Florida and Iowa have joined California's lawsuit against the EPA, a look at the former's news release reveals that-- like Arizona before them-- state regulators are confident enough in an eventual victory that they're pushing ahead full-steam with the rulemaking process:
At his event, “Serve to Preserve: A Florida Summit on Global Climate Change” held last July in Miami, Governor Crist directed DEP to initiate rule-making to adopt the California motor vehicle emission standards. Since that time, DEP has held two rule-making workshops and accepted public comment to help draft rule language. While the waiver issue is currently in litigation, the rule-making process will continue to move forward, with the third workshop planned for March 2008.
--Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) continues his efforts to investigate EPA's waiver decision, having sent Administrator Stephen Johnson a letter requesting his staff's briefing slides concerning the California waiver. His staff, like Senator Barbara Boxer's, has been permitted to view the unredacted documents, but has thus far been denied hard copies. Waxman's Friday request, which singled out a limited number of key documents, asked for a response by a Monday close-of-business deadline that would appear to have gone unmet.
--And finally, the National Law Journal is reporting that the California waiver denial will be among the topics debated at the American Bar Association's mid-year meeting next week in Los Angeles.