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Study Projects Savings From Tough Air Standards

Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 7:04am

A new American Lung Association study says California could save billions of dollars in health costs if it adopts stricter vehicle emission standards.

The study projects that once major reductions in smog forming and greenhouse gas emissions are fully realized, the negative health affects from bad air would be reduced by 70%.

It recommends a 20% zero-emission vehicle fleet requirement. Lung Association spokesperson, Bonnie Holmes Gen, says, “by adopting these new standards, California can save lives, lower asthma attacks, and reduce lost school and work days due to respiratory illnesses.”

Stanley Young is with the California Air Resources Board. He says, “we foresee the need for vastly larger fleet of plug in hybrids and full battery electrics as an integral component of getting us to cleaner cars.”

The Air Resources Board will release plans for their new 2017 emission standards this fall.

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