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Rep. Frank Pallone. (Photo by Nikita Biryukov)

Lawmakers tell Trump stop rollback of clean car standarda

Pallone, Gopal, Downey join activists in opposition of Trump policy

By David Wildstein, July 20 2018 8:55 pm

LONG BRANCH – Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) was in his hometown on Friday to join lawmakers and environmental activists in denouncing the Trump administration’s plans to roll back clean car standards.

“With the Trump Administration gutting the EPA and failing to act on climate change, it has often been up to states like New Jersey to champion for clean air and clean water,” said Pallone, the ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “Rolling back these successful clean car standards will jeopardize the health and wellbeing for 500,000 adults and children already suffering from asthma in Monmouth County.”

The group condemned plans to restrict the states’ power to protect the public from potentially harmful tailpipe emissions.

“We will not allow this reckless rollback to undermine the health and safety of Garden Staters,” said State Sen. Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch). “Tearing down these successful standards will cause New Jersians to drive dirtier cars that pollute our air and harm our health. New Jersey is proud to be one of over a dozen states that have exercised their right under the Clean Air Act to set stricter tailpipe pollution standards.”

Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freehold) said that some vehicles have detrimental impact on the environment and human health.

“Restricting that pollution is simply the sensible and responsible thing to do,” said Downey.  “The issue of clean air should not even be up for debate. It’s not a partisan issue. It is a basic requirement for human existence.”

New Jersey is one of more than a dozen states that have exercised their right to adopt vehicle pollution standards that is more protective than federal standards.

“The Administration’s proposed rollback of the clean car standards would be an attack on New Jersey’s air quality and our state’s ability to safeguard our citizens from toxic tailpipe pollution,” said Doug O’Malley, director of Environment New Jersey.  “We are a united front – from the Murphy Administration, to Representative Pallone, to our Shore legislators – and will fight against this reckless rollback.”

Bridget Devane, the public policy director of Health Professionals and Allied Employees, called on the Trump Administration to maintain “standards that keep our children and our families healthy in New Jersey.”

“Too many families struggle with respiratory ailments and chronic conditions due to air pollution,” Devane said.  “We must stay on the right track to reduce air pollution, create opportunities to invest in clean car technology and prevent future generations of children from the health risks associated with a polluted environment.”

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