FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 22, 2006
Statement by California Air Resources Board Chairman Dr. Robert
USEPA’s Approval of California’s Waiver Request for Zero
California received an early
Christmas present from Washington
today in the form of a waiver for our Zero Emission Vehicle regulations. With this waiver, California and the other ten states that
have adopted our ZEV regulations can expect emission-free vehicles powered by
fuel cells or batteries on their roads starting by 2009.
The waiver also allows California to enforce its requirement for
other near zero technologies, such as hybrid electric vehicles or the
increasingly popular Partial Zero Emission Vehicles (PZEVs). These gasoline powered vehicles are armed
with the world’s cleanest tailpipe standard, zero evaporative emission
technology and a 15 year, 150,000 mile warranty on emission control
equipment. Already, there are hundreds
of thousands of these popular, modest priced cars on the roads and this waiver
assures us of millions more within the next few years.
This is a real Christmas gift for all of us. All Californians will breathe easier because
of this measure and the technology that makes these clean cars possible can now
be made available to everyone.
Dr. Robert Sawyer,
Air Resources Board
The Air Resources Board is a department of the
California Environmental Protection Agency. 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.
The energy challenge facing California is real. Every Californian needs to
take immediate action to reduce energy consumption. For a list of simple ways
you can reduce demand and cut your energy cost, see our web site at
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