EPA grants California waiver for car emissions rule

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 6/30/2009

The Environmental Protection Agency is clearing the way for California and at least 12 other states to enforce strict new emissions standards for cars, SUVs and pickup trucks.

The EPA announced Tuesday it is granting California’s request for a waiver for car emissions standards. The standards will cover 2012 through 2016 model year engines.

California has special permission under the Clean Air Act to enforce stricter engine standards for new motor vehicles. In 2008, former EPA administrator Stephen Johnson denied California’s waiver request, but President Obama ordered the EPA to review the California decision shortly after taking office.

At least 12 other states have adopted California’s car greenhouse gas emission standards, as well as the District of Columbia.

“This decision puts the law and science first,” said Lisa Jackson, the new EPA administrator. “This waiver is consistent with the Clean Air act as it’s been used for the last 40 years and supports the prerogatives of the 13 states and the District of Columbia.”

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– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer


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