American Lung Association and Numerous Public Health Organizations Applaud Passage of Stronger Clean Car Standards for Nevada

Today, in the final step of adoption, the Nevada Legislative Commission passed the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) Clean Car Standards. The undersigned health organizations strongly support these standards to reduce harmful air and climate pollution so all Nevadans can breathe cleaner air. 

“Nearly 94 percent of Nevadans are living in counties with unhealthy air,” said Melissa Ramos, Manager of Clean Air Advocacy for the American Lung Association. “The Clean Car Standards will help lessen harmful tailpipe emissions to accelerate clean air and climate benefits so all Nevadans can breathe healthier air.” 

Tailpipe emissions coupled with extreme climate conditions such as extreme heat, drought, and wildfires worsen air quality. The American Lung Association “State of the Air” 2021 report ranked Las Vegas and Reno among the top 25 most polluted cities in the United States for ozone and particle pollution. Exposure to unhealthy air exacerbates respiratory and cognitive functions through worsened asthma attacks, COPD, heart attacks and strokes. 

The Clean Cars Nevada program address harmful pollution by reducing criteria air pollutants contributing to ozone and particle pollution challenges, cuts greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change health effects, and ensures Nevadans benefit from transition to zero emission technologies. 

“Climate change is already threatening Nevada’s children with wildfire smoke and heat waves,” explained Debra Hendrickson, MD, FAAP, Climate Advocate at the Nevada Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “We know that investments in climate action today, like the clear cars standards, will protect our patients and communities tomorrow.”

“As health and medical agencies, we join the American Lung Association in applauding Nevada’s leadership for addressing our air quality crisis while prioritizing the public health benefits of cleaner air,” said Shelley Berkley, CEO and Senior Provost of Touro University Nevada. “This rulemaking will support further adoption of electric vehicles to accelerate our air and climate goals.”

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