California Defends, Reconsiders Auto Emission Rules

"The federal government and polluters are synonymous," says California Attorney General.

Published: 14-Feb-2003

SAN FRANCISCO - The Bush administration and automakers have urged a federal appeals court to nullify California rules demanding that producers reduce emissions or increase miles per gallon for new vehicles sold in the state.

As California was defending the rules in court Thursday, state regulators said they were revising regulations for electric and hybrid vehicles they released just last month.

The case before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals centers on a Fresno federal judge's order last year that barred California from demanding that 10 percent of automakers' fleets sold here produce zero emissions beginning next year.

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