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E.P.A. Grants California A Waiver For Emission Standards

Washington, DC, — California has been given the go ahead by the Environmental Protection Agency to impose stringent regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles.

Governor Schwarzenegger has been fighting the federal EPA over the issue for a few years. Today’s EPA waiver decision allows the state government to implement a 2004 state pollution law designed to combat climate change.

The California regulation requires automakers to increase the fuel economy of cars and trucks sold in the state by 40 percent over the next seven years, to an average of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016.