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State weighs scrapping vehicle-emission rules

Auto emission rules have barely taken effect and already the state wants to scrap it because it costs too much.

Getting rid of the Clear Cars program means Arizona would fall under federal clean air standards. The state says that’s OK because the federal rules are stringent and will help clean the air.

The state rules took effect in January for cars and trucks produced for the 2012 model year.

The Clean Cars program would force Arizona to monitor vehicles sold in the state to ensure they met air pollution standards and could require the state to install infrastructure to support fleets of electric cars.

The Arizona Republic reports clean air activists scolded officials with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for bowing to political pressure to repeal the law.

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