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EPA adopts tougher fuel, vehicle standards pushed by Gov. Gary Herbert

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Amy Joi O’Donoghue – Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert said he hopes the federal government’s adoption of cleaner fuel and vehicle standards Monday will help accelerate Utah’s transition to the tighter regulations so air pollution is reduced.

Herbert is among those proponents of the tougher standards adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency because of the immediate impacts they will have on Utah’s pollution problems.

“I emphasized in the State of the State address that the transition to cleaner Tier 3 gasoline and the next generation of lower emission vehicles is significant in our ability to improve Utah’s air quality,” the governor said Monday.

“As the technology already exists to do something about it, there is absolutely no reason to wait. Expediting this transition will be one of the most significant and effective ways we can immediately take to clean our air,” he said.

Herbert, who came out in support of the so-called Tier 3 standards last summer, said it should be a top priority for the state to foster encouragement of the cleaner burning fuel in vehicles immediately.

Ultimately, the cleaner fuel and requirements for better pollution-reducing technology in cars will cut harmful tailpipe emissions linked to strokes, heart attacks, respiratory disease and even the early onset of Alzheimer’s in women.

“These standards are a win for public health, a win for our environment, and a win for our pocketbooks,” said EPA administrator Gina McCarthy. “By working with the auto industry, health groups and other stakeholders, we’re continuing to build on the Obama administration’s broader clean fuels and vehicles efforts that cut carbon pollution, clean the air we breathe, and save families money at the pump.”

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