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EPA Denies California Emissions Waiver

Attorney General Jerry Brown was none too pleased with word from Washington that the EPA denied California a waiver to impose tougher tailpipe emissions standards. He responded to the action by stating that he and the Governor "are preparing to sue at the earliest possible moment." According to the EPA, part of the reason for not granting the waiver was the energy bill that the President signed into law on Wednesday. That bill raises fuel economy standards for all cars and trucks to 35 miles per gallon by 2020 which - according to the EPA - makes the state law unnecessary. California disagrees.

* Mark Melnick, Deputy Attorney General for the State of California