ME DEP Rejects Request for Emissions Standards Exemption.
According to officials, the new standards would restrict the sale of these Volkswagen diesels, which exceed acceptable nitrogen oxide emissions levels under the new standards, starting with 2004 models.
Officials said although petitioner William Lord maintained that the Volkswagen diesels emit less greenhouse gas emissions than many other currently available vehicles even when operating on pure diesel fuel, the DEP ultimately opposed the petition because the federal Clean Air Act only allows the adoption of California standards by other states if they comply with them wholly.
"We don't believe it's appropriate to trade off pollutants," said DEP Bureau of Air Quality official Ron Severance.
(BANGOR DAILY NEWS: 1/16)
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|Title Annotation:||Department of Environmental Protection, Maine|
|Publication:||Mobile Emissions Today|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Feb 6, 2004|
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