Vermont Debates New Rules on Emissions

State wants to adopt new California auto emission standards that allow for cleaner vehicle technologies.

Published: 23-Jan-2004

MONTPELIER -- In an advisory ballot yesterday, a legislative committee voted 6-2 against emergency rules issued by the Douglas administration to have Vermont follow California vehicle emission standards.

Representative George Schiavone, Republican of Shelburne, one of those who voted against the rules, said he could see no "imminent peril" -- the standard for invoking emergency rules. He noted that the rules in question would not take effect until 2007.

But Environmental Conservation Commissioner Jeffrey Wennberg argued that a failure to act quickly would set off a legal chain of events under which Vermont would lose its status as "a California state" -- meaning it matches that state's standards for vehicle emissions.

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