California, other states granted right to set their own air quality standards

02/02/2009
US President Barack H. Obama signed memorandums on Jan. 26 granting California and other states the right to raise air quality standards above the national level and ordering the Department of Transportation to establish higher fuel efficiency requirements for automakers in the 2011 model year.The states had asked for authority to adopt more-stringent antipollution regulations previously but were rebuffed by the Bush administration, Obama noted. “Instead of serving as a partner, Washington stood in their way. The days of Washington dragging its heels are over,” he said.The president called the memorandums “a down payment on a broader and sustained effort to reduce our de...
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