The U.S. Supreme Court last week decided against reviewing a lawsuit by the Minnesota Auto Dealers Association challenging the state’s adoption of California’s stricter low emission and zero emission vehicle standards, a rule scheduled to go into effect in Minnesota next year.
In June 2022, the Minnesota Auto Dealers Association announced it was filing the lawsuit in the Minnesota State Appeals Court challenging Gov. Tim Walz’s administration’s adoption of California Car Rules. Among other things, the association noted that under federal law any state wishing to adopt California’s emission rules and be governed by the California Air Resources Board must have had a designated geographic area that fails to meet federal air quality standards, known as “non-attainment” areas. Minnesota has not had a designated non-attainment area for greenhouse gases for over 20 years, the association asserted.