The Trump administration said on Thursday it is revoking California's authority to set its own auto tailpipe emissions standards and to require some zero-emission vehicles -- a decision that will spark a massive legal battle over the future of U.S. vehicles and the most populous state's regulatory role.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement the decision will ensure nationwide rules that provide "much-needed regulatory certainty for the automotive industry." Currently, California's more stringent vehicle emissions rules are also followed by a dozen other states that account for than 40 percent of U.S. vehicle sales.

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EPA Reels In A Defiant California, REVOKES The Right To Set Emissions Standards

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