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CLEAN AIR ACT TOPIC ON 'STATE OF THE STATE'

 CLEAN AIR ACT TOPIC ON 'STATE OF THE STATE'
 TRENTON, N.J., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The controversial Florio


administration proposal to adopt California's strict tailpipe emission standards for cars sold in New Jersey was one of the key topics covered during two separate tapings of CTN's "State of the State." The California plan requires upgraded pollution controls and super clean fuels as well as greater use of vehicles which use alternative fuels. The California standards are greater than those required by the federal government to comply with the Clean Air Act Amendments passed in 1990.
 The New Jersey Petroleum Council and automakers have charged adopting the plan would cost motorists 17 to 24 cents per gallon more for gasoline and $1,100 more on the price of a new car. State officials say it will cost under $200.
 Gov. Jim Florio and Assemblywoman Maureen Ogden (R-Essex), chairperson of the Assembly Environment Committee, appeared on separate editions of CTN's public affairs program "State of the State."
 Gov. Florio stressed the importance of implementing this program as soon as possible to avoid federal sanctions. The governor said that adopting the California plan would reduce air pollution with minimal disruption to the public's way of life.
 Assemblywoman Ogden explained that the Assembly and Senate are holding joint hearings to develop a better understanding of the proposal and the effects it will have if implemented. "It appeared that the administration was going full speed ahead (with the California plan)," Ogden said. "The legislature needs to play a role."
 Ogden said that the joint committee needs more information on how much the California plan will reduce pollutants and what it will cost residents before taking a position on the proposal. Ogden stressed incentives, tax and toll breaks, as a way to encourage consumers to buy zero emissions cars.
 Guest reporters Rose Venditti McIver of the Courier-Post and Tom Johnson of the Star Ledger joined host Gene Dillard on the latest editions of "State of the State."
 The edition of "State of the State" featuring Gov. Florio airs Wednesday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 29 at 9:30 p.m. The edition featuring Ogden airs Wednesday, April 22 and Wednesday, May 6 on CTN.
 "State of the State" is a production of the Cable Television Network in cooperation with the New Jersey Cable Industry through the production facilities of TKR Cable of Hamilton. Check local listings for the CTN channel in your area.
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