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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 03, 2008
RADIO: Attorney General McKenna comments on Washington intervening in CA Emissions battle
OLYMPIA— Attorney General Rob McKenna announced Washington state will join 14 other states in intervening in a California lawsuit filed Wednesday.

The lawsuit filed today in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals challenges the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to deny California’s request for a waiver to implement its greenhouse gas emissions standards.

Actuality #1

In an effort to defend Washington’s tough vehicle emissions standards, Washington state is joining 14 other states in intervening in a California’s lawsuit against the EPA. The suit challenges the EPA’s decision to deny California’s request for a waiver to implement its greenhouse gas emissions standards. (20 seconds)

Actuality #2

The state of Washington followed California’s lead in adopting standards for vehicle emissions with the understanding California’s request for a federal pre-emption waiver would be granted in a timely manner. Now after nearly two years of waiting, the EPA has denied the waiver, leaving states frustrated in their ability to address climate change concerns for their residents. (21 seconds)

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Media Contacts: J. Ryan Shannon, Media Relations Manager, (360) 753-2727

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