UPDATE | Ryan responds to Trump, says Lordstown Cruze, Valley economy at risk

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U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, said the Trump Administration is setting Ohio back and putting GM Lordstown at risk with its gas emissions changes.

Environmental regulators said this week they will ease emissions standards for cars and trucks, saying that a time line put in place by President Barack Obama was not appropriate and set standards “too high.”

The Environmental Protection Agency said it completed a review that will affect vehicles for model years 2022-2025, but it did not specify details on new standards, which it said would be forthcoming. Current regulations from the EPA require the fleet of new vehicles to get 36 miles per gallon in real-world driving by 2025. That’s about 10 mpg over the existing standard.

“The current vehicle standards save consumers money, create thousands of manufacturing jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil that is wrecking our public health and environment,” Ryan said in a statement.

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