The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) released on June 10 a final Model Rule and additional draft materials for implementing the program. TCI is a multijurisdictional program comprised of a regional collaboration of 13 Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast states and the District of Columbia that seeks to cap and reduce climate pollution. The final Model Rule does not address concerns NATSO, along with the National Association of Convenience Stores and the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America, raised in May 7 comments.
TCI additionally released a draft model plan each jurisdiction can use to implement the program along with a draft public engagement framework and draft regional collaboration strategy. Comments on these new materials are due August 13.
Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia announced in December 2020 that they were launching the TCI program. Other Northeastern states have continued to participate in the TCI policy design process, but have not committed to implementing the program. Connecticut’s legislature, however, concluded its session on June 9 without advancing legislation authorizing the state to join TCI. While some advocates remain hopeful a bill can pass in 2022, Connecticut has effectively withdrawn from the program.
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