Lung Association Celebrates EPA Move to Restore States’ Right to Enforce More Protective Greenhouse Gas Pollution Standards

In response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rescinding a previous rule that blocked California’s authority to set its own cleaner cars standards, American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer issued the following statement:

“Today’s decision restoring California’s waiver to set and enforce more protective cleaner cars standards is a victory on many fronts – a victory for public health, for the legal authority of the Clean Air Act, and for states’ rights. Recognizing state authority to set more protective vehicle standards is a key step to protecting public health.

“Climate change is a health emergency. From degraded air quality due to wildfire smoke to the formation of ground-level ozone pollution from warmer temperatures, to more extreme weather events like storms and flooding, climate change is harming the health of people across the country. EPA and states must use all available tools to address climate change. These tools include cleaning up the transportation sector, the nation’s biggest contributor to carbon pollution.

“The administration’s action today recognizes and upholds California’s authority under the Clean Air Act to develop and enact pollution controls for motor vehicles that are stronger than federal standards to ensure public health protections are tailored to address the state’s unique pollution challenges. The Clean Air Act also provides other states the option of enacting California’s more protective standards. Under the law, states have driven decades of clean air progress and stronger standards not just at the state level, but nationwide.

“Today’s action is a victory, but there is much more work to do. The Lung Association urges EPA to work closely with California and other states to develop the strongest possible future cleaner cars standards and cleaner trucks standards to significantly reduce all harmful pollutants. The administration must drive the transition to zero-emission vehicles powered by clean, non-combustion renewable electricity.”

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