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California Air Resources Board applauds federal government for commitment to cleaner cars through 2025
New report demonstrates that future vehicle standards are technically feasible, economically sound
SACRAMENTO - Today, California Air Resources Board Chairman Mary Nichols congratulated U.S. EPA Administrator Jackson and DOT Secretary Ray LaHood on releasing their notice of intent to establish greenhouse gas emissions standards for 2017-2025 cars. Nichols also affirmed California’s commitment to continue to work with the two federal agencies to develop final standards.
Nichols noted that the Technical Assessment Report released simultaneously with the NOI was jointly developed by ARB and the federal agencies. The report demonstrates the feasibility of achieving a 3 to 6 percent annual improvement in greenhouse gas emissions using available or soon-to-be-available technologies.
California is drafting new, combined standards for smog and other hazardous air contaminants as well as greenhouse gases. The Technical Assessment Report released today will help inform California’s development of the new standards coordinated with the plan for federal standards announced today.
The goal of California’s combined standards is to guide the development of environmentally superior cars that will continue to deliver the performance, utility and safety car owners have come to expect. The approach will also provide auto engineers with a clear target for meeting environmental standards nationally over the next 15 years, paving the way for even lower emissions by mid-century.
For a copy of Nichols’ letter, the Technical Assessment Report, and information on California’s approach to advanced clean cars, visit: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/clean_cars/clean_cars.htm
The Notice of Intent is at: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/climate/regulations.htm#new1
ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.