November 30, 2007

New Mexico becomes thirteenth U.S. state to adopt Clean Cars program over automakers’ opposition

Albuquerque, New Mexico – New Mexico has become the thirteenth state to adopt Clean Car standards to reduce air pollution and global warming emissions from new cars, trucks and SUVs, beginning in model-year 2011. The decision follows two days of joint hearings and a vote by the Albuquerque-Bernalillo Air Quality Control Board (AQCB) and the Environmental Improvement Board (EIB).

Twenty-three environmental, health, faith, consumer and science groups presented technical testimony in support of the regulations, and more than 2,000 members of the public provided written and oral comment at the hearings in support of the program.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers opposed the regulations. The Alliance is a trade association that includes BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Toyota and Volkswagen.

“The Clean Cars Program is a key part of our state’s efforts to reduce global warming emissions to the levels necessary to avoid the worst effects of a warming planet,” said New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. “Today’s decision by the EIB means New Mexico, along with 12 other states, can implement the cleanest standards for vehicle emissions in the country. New Mexico is again taking action when Washington won’t.”

The Clean Cars program, initiated in California under special authority granted through the Clean Air Act, has been adopted by Maine, California, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington and Oregon. Arizona, Colorado and Florida are currently in the process of adopting the standards.

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