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newsrel -- CARB Chairman applauds USEPA’s proposed new clean car, fuel rule

Posted: 29 Mar 2013 14:21:29
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board:


March 29, 2013

Stanley Young
Director of Communications
(916) 956-9409

CARB Chairman applauds USEPA’s proposed new clean car, fuel rule

California Air Resources Board Mary D. Nichols issued the
following statement today on USEPA’s announcement of its proposed
rule for cleaner cars and fuels:

"Working together, EPA and California are making sure that the
new clean engines our regulations require will have fuels that
help maintain their performance and reap public health
improvements throughout the country."

The proposed rule by USEPA sets in place a single national
program of tough new standards for clean cars and fuels closely
aligning with California requirements starting in 2017.

California’s clean fuel requirements, in place since the 1990s,
have delivered emission reductions equivalent to removing 3.5
million vehicles from the state’s road and highways. California’s
fuel rules alone have reduced smog-forming emissions from motor
vehicles by 15 percent, reduced potential cancer risk from
vehicle emissions by 40 percent, and slashed benzene emissions in
In addition, California’s tailpipe and fuel standards, along with
rules on other sources, have delivered a 50 percent reduction in
measured sulfur dioxide (SO2) in the state since the 1990s. Air
monitoring data show all of California is now in compliance with
the federal air quality requirements for sulfur dioxide.
Currently gasoline in California contains 8 to 9 parts per
million of sulfur.


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