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American Lung Association Supports State Authority to Protect Public Health From Harmful Vehicle Emissions

New Mexico added to growing list of states acting to protect its families in the face of federal Clean Air Act rollbacks

(September 26, 2019) - ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico

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Following New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s announcement this week that New Mexico will propose and adopt California’s clean vehicle standards under their Clean Air Act authority, the American Lung Association has issued the following statement:

Under the Clean Air Act, states have the right to enact more protective California vehicle standards to protect their citizens. New Mexico would join 14 other states and the District of Columbia in exercising this authority in the face of federal rollback efforts to revoke state authority. Minnesota also announced their intention to pursue stronger standards this week.

“The American Lung Association in New Mexico welcomes the news that Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is pursuing more health protective vehicle standards,” said JoAnna Strother, Advocacy Director, American Lung Association in New Mexico. “The Lung Association supports states’ rights under the Clean Air Act and welcomes this move to protect the health of New Mexicans by joining with 14 other states and D.C. to adopt stronger standards”


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