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newsrel -- ARB Chairman Mary Nichols again calls for granting of federal waiver

Posted: 19 May 2008 14:25:39
Please consider the following ARB press release offering a
statement from Chairman Mary Nichols in light of the recent
revelations of federal EPA decision-making process.  You can
also see the release here:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/nr051908b.htm .
Thank You
Dimitri Stanich

Release 08-41
May 19, 2008
Stanley Young
(916) 322-2990

ARB Chairman Mary Nichols again calls for granting of federal

Oversight committee report fuels calls for immediate action on
waiver request

SACRAMENTO - Mary Nichols, Chairman of the California Air
Resources Board, issued the following statement about
revelations from a report issued by the house of representatives
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, chaired by
Representative Henry Waxman, that after communications with the
White House, Administrator Johnson reversed his original
decision -- supported fully by USEPA staff -- to grant
California a waiver to enforce its clean car law .

"California believes EPA's denial of the waiver was completely
illegal, supported by neither law nor science. In light of
today's news, we call on EPA yet again to grant California, and
the other 13 states that have adopted the clean car law, the
right to enforce our comprehensive program to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions from cars. While EPA fiddles and we burn,
consumers are being denied the right to purchase cars that are
cleaner and save money at the pump. The auto companies can
comply beginning with 2009 model year cars-cars that are
available, or will soon be available, in dealers' showrooms."

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.


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