New York becomes the second state to follow California in restricting emissions of greenhouse gases from vehicles.
The New York State Environmental Board approved State regulations, proposed earlier this year by Governor Pataki, that adopt the greenhouse gas emissions regulations passed earlier by California.
Vermont last week also adopted the California restrictions, under which new motor vehicles would be required to emit approximately 30% fewer GHGs by 2016 than without the regulation. (Earlier post.)
New York first adopted the California Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) program in the early 1990s, and has continued to follow the cleaner LEV program as it has evolved. Under the Clean Air Act, states have the right to adopt the more stringent California LEV program for its reduced automotive emissions, or they must adhere to Federal standards.
The approval of the regulations today is the latest in the series of changes necessary for New York to maintain adherence to the California LEV program.
The regulations will take effect for the 2009 model year. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation estimates that the regulations will reduce New York State’s light and medium-duty vehicle GHG emissions by an estimated 14,855,500 CO2 equivalent tons per year in 2020 and by 26,280,000 CO2 equivalent tons per year in 2030.