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Comments Regarding EPA's California Waiver Decision

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June 30, 2009

ARLINGTON, Va.- The following statement was issued by the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc. (AIAM) on behalf of its President and CEO, Michael J. Stanton, regarding the EPA’s California waiver decision as reported in media coverage this morning:

“AIAM and its member companies have long supported a single, national program to improve fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Consequently, we were pleased with the President’s recent announcement that the State of California, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reached an agreement with the auto industry on the basic parameters of a national program extending through model year 2016.

“In light of this agreement, AIAM anticipated that EPA would grant the waiver. We are now focused on working with California, EPA and NHTSA to finalize the operational details of this harmonized program and to continue meeting aggressive goals for cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles.”

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