California wants to ban diesel-powered trains by 2030, and lawmakers want EPA to block it

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are asking the EPA to block a California rule banning diesel-powered trains by 2030.

The move only impacts trains more than 23 years old, but the group says the ban would send ripples through the ag industry and the economy.

The plan has had a shaky start but the EPA is considering a waiver that would allow the California regulation to take full effect. Nebraska Senator Pete Ricketts is asking the EPA to reconsider that move, stressing it would have broad impacts on not only rail operations in California but all of North America.

Ricketts says the mandate for zero-emissions locomotives will rely on unproven technology and could put the supply chain at risk.