SACRAMENTO – The Air Resources Board (ARB) will hold a press conference prior to a Federal EPA hearing at Cal/EPA headquarters. The ARB will present concerns regarding its request for authority to implement regulations curbing greenhouse gas emissions from new automobiles beginning in 2009.
ARB press conference on authority to curb greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles
WHO:Attorney General Jerry Brown - State of California
Hon. Fabian Nunez - Speaker, California Assembly (invited)
Hon. Don Perata - President Pro Tem, California Senate (invited)
Former Assembly member Fran Pavley
California Air Resources Board Chair - Dr. Bob Sawyer
Mayor Rocky Anderson - Salt Lake City
Mayor Heather Fargo - Sacramento
Alan Lloyd - former ARB Chair and former CalEPA Secy.
Sec. Ron Curry - New Mexico Environment Department
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m
California Environmental Protection Headquarters
Sierra Hearing Room, 2nd floor
1001 I Street
Sacramento CA 95814
The Federal Clean Air Act requires that all California air quality regulations more stringent than the federal standards must have a waiver granting authority. Wednesday's hearing will consider public testimony on ARB's waiver request to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. The regulation requires that emissions be reduced by 30 percent by 2016. The rule will begin with the 2009 model year vehicles. ARB argues that the technology already exists and is being used in various other vehicle applications and the auto industry should integrate this technology specifically to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Wednesday's hearing will allow the public and stakeholders to voice concerns as the Federal EPA deliberates its decision.
CARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The CARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.