From Auto Emissions to Drug Safety Standards?
The New York Times reported this evening that President Obama "will direct federal regulators to move swiftly to grant California and 13 other states the right to set strict automobile emissions and fuel efficiency standards...The directive makes good on an Obama campaign pledge and marks a sharp reversal from Bush administration policy."
The Bush administration policy referred to will sound familiar to those of us involved in the debate over FDA preemption. The NYT article concludes:
"The Bush administration denied the waiver in late 2007, saying that allowing California and the 13 other states the right to set their own pollution rules would result in an unenforceable patchwork of environmental law. The automakers had advocated such a position, saying it would require them to produce two sets of vehicles, one to meet the strict California standards and another that could be sold in the remaining states."
Hear the echoes? A "chaos of conflicting standards," putting manufacturers in the impossible position of having to meet both state and federal guidelines, etc., etc.. Of course, the implication of this ruling is that the national guidelines are _minimal_ standards, which states can raise if they choose. That was traditionally FDA's own position until the last eight years.
The NYT article can be accessed at: