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For Release: Monday, December 20, 2021

Statement from NYS Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos and Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez

New York State applauds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) announcement today on finalizing new and ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks. These new federal standards fully align with and support New York State's implementation of the nation's most aggressive plan to reduce climate-altering GHG emissions through the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). The CLCPA recognizes the State must act now to reduce emissions from the transportation sector if we are to mitigate the harmful impacts of climate on extreme weather events and public health. While this new federal standard will help states further accelerate the transition to zero-emission vehicles, New York urges EPA to establish a zero-emission standard for all passenger vehicles by 2035.

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