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EPA D-DAY FORCES STATES TO PROPOSE COSTLY POLLUTION CONTROL PLANS, HIGHWAY USERS FEDERATION SAYS

 WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- After scrambling for months, state authorities must submit plans today showing how 55 cities around the country propose to reduce emissions to satisfy the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.
 According to the Highway Users Federation, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established a potentially insurmountable hurdle for many urbanized areas. The National Association of Regional Councils estimates that EPA is requiring more than twice the emissions reduction that would be necessary under a proper reading of the Clean Air Act.
 Lester Lamm, federation president, said, "The EPA's questionable interpretation of the Clean Air Act is forcing cities to consider unproven, costly measures at the expense of all drivers."
 "At one point, Arizona had considered outlawing sporting events and drive-through windows because legislators felt bullied to come up with any plan that would please the EPA. But we know that cleaner cars and motor fuels are already improving air quality. Tailpipe emissions are down by 96 percent since 1970 and only 10 percent of the vehicles now produce more than half the pollutants. Common sense, cost-effective solutions such as reversible lanes and improved traffic control measures are better than driving restrictions."
 What's more, these unproven measures do little to actually improve air quality, according to a 1992 study by the General Accounting Office. Many of these proposed measures fail to zero in on the offending 10 percent of vehicles that account for the bulk of mobile source pollution and fail to address emissions control tampering, which occurs in 15 to 30 percent of automobiles and is a major contributor to ozone- causing emissions.
 Lamm noted that the EPA would better serve everyone by taking a closer look at proven measures that many states are already using.
 "We have solutions that work. Improvements in incident management and accident removal have drastically reduced traffic congestion in many urban areas. Similarly, intersection modernization, signal synchronization and voluntary car pooling to improve air quality have helped cities across the nation to have made great strides toward compliance by adopting these and other cost-effective measures."
 The Highway Users Federation, representing 2,000 business men and women throughout the country, is a private, nonprofit business league dedicated to the preservation, improvement and modernization of highway transportation in the United States.
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 /CONTACT: Jerry Bastarache of the Highway Users Federation, 202-857-1200, or 703-536-1998(home)/


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