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THREE AUTO ASSOCIATIONS FILE SUIT TO PREVENT MASSACHUSETTS FROM IMPLEMENTING CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS STANDARDS

 BOSTON, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Massachusetts Automobile Dealers Association, the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers and the American Automobile Manufacturers Association today filed a suit in U.S. District Court to prevent Massachusetts from implementing California emissions standards -- action already ruled illegal in New York federal court.
 The three associations, which represent the state's dealers and manufacturers of imported and domestic motor vehicles, said the regulations being challenged could cost Massachusetts consumers hundreds of dollars for each new car or truck they buy while providing no appreciable benefit to the environment.
 At issue is an effort by the state to force Massachusetts residents beginning in 1994, to purchase new cars and trucks that have been equipped to meet the motor vehicle emissions standards established for Californians. Similar regulations were struck down earlier this year by a federal judge in New York, who cited a violation of the Federal Clean Air Act.
 The Federal Clean Air Act permits states to adopt California's requirements or the increasingly tougher federal standards. But the law also makes it clear that states cannot alter the California standards and require manufacturers to redesign their vehicles, the associations said.
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 /CONTACT: Gene McKinney or Ed Lewis of the American Automobile Manufacturers Association, 202-775-2716/


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