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EPA to reconsider California emission standards

EPA to reconsider California emission standards

After a review request from the Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will reconsider its earlier decision denying California permission to set standards controlling greenhouse gases from motor vehicles, according to EPA information.

The waiver request was made to the EPA by California December 21, 2005, to allow the state the right to control greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles. The request was denied March 6, 2008.

The Clean Air Act gives EPA the authority to allow California to adopt its own emission standards for motor vehicles due to the seriousness of the state’s air pollution challenges. There is a long-standing history of EPA granting waivers to the state of California, EPA said.

EPA will take public comment concerning the issue for a period of 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

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