Vermont Joins Initiative for Cleaner Cars

Vermont Joins Initiative for Cleaner Cars

Today, nearly 7 billion miles are traveled annually in Vermont.

Today, nearly 7 billion miles are traveled annually in Vermont.

"We live in a rural state, we all drive cars, we all need to get from point a to point b."

To cut back on pollution, Vermont has joined 14 other states to ask the Environmental Protection Agency to impose new vehicle standards to reduce emission pollution.

"It would require companies, the petroleum industry that manufactures gasoline, to produce it in a different way so it has reduced amounts of sulphur in it and other contaminants."

Commissioner Mears says motor vehicles account for 65% of ozone forming pollutants. He says new standards would remove what's causing some health issues.

"particulate matter, sometimes referred to as soot, but also sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide."

Rebecca Ryan with the American Lung Association says vehicle pollution effects Vermonters, who are sometimes unaware of the effects.

"Particle pollution is so small that it goes into your lungs and into your bloodstream."

She says the American Lung Association is in support of the new vehicle standards, which the EPA should have a plan for over the next few months.

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