California pushes EPA for waiver of Clean Air Act

California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown May 22 asked officials from the US Environmental Protection Agency for a wavier of the Clean Air Act (CAA) so that California and 11 other states could impose tougher standards on motor vehicle emissions than federal regulators require.Following his testimony before an EPA panel in Washington, DC, Brown also testified on the same subject before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.Charging that the administration of President George W. Bush is “acting in collusion with the auto and oil industries,” Brown said California is prepared to sue the federal government if it blocks the state’s efforts to reduce motor vehicles emi...

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