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CLEAN CAR CAMPAIGN UPDATE - July 2004 July 13, 2004 11:13 AM

+ New Information on Mercury Pollution from Vehicles According to a new analysis by the Clean Car Campaign, a record 18,000 pounds of mercury pollution was released into the environment last year in the U.S. when scrap vehicles were recycled. An estimated 259,000 pounds of mercury have been released into the environment over the past 30 years. Most troubling, according to the analysis, is that an equal amount could be released over the next two decades if programs are not put in place to recover the mercury in vehicles before they are scrapped. To view the report, visit: http://actionnetwork.org/ct/D1qwsOM1FBjr/ + Maine Stands by Laws Reducing Mercury Pollution; Minnesota Begins the Fight In March, a federal judge upheld Maine's landmark automobile component law, the first in the country requiring producers to take financial responsibility for recycling hazardous materials. The law requires automakers to pay auto dismantlers and scrap dealers a minimum of $1 for each mercury switch that is turned into a collection center for recycling. Switches containing mercury are found in small electrical car parts such as trunk light switches. Clean Car Campaign is working to pass similar legislation in other states, including Massachusetts and New Jersey. Thanks to the efforts of hundreds of Environmental Defense activists in Minnesota, a similar program is now underway there. Faced with the possibility of legislation, automakers agreed to pay for a Minnesota switch recovery program. The program began on June 1, 2004 and includes funding for education, transportation and recycling of collected switches. We'll closely monitor the progress and let you know the results. For more information about mercury in vehicles, visit the Clean Car Campaign's mercury page: http://actionnetwork.org/ct/JpqwsOM1FBj4/ + New Jersey and Connecticut pass Clean Cars bills In late January, New Jersey governor James E. McGreevey took a major step to clean up New Jersey's air by signing the New Jersey Clean Cars bill, requiring the state to adopt California's strict auto emissions standards. This came after letters supporting the legislation from almost 1,000 New Jersey email activists: http://actionnetwork.org/ct/J1qwsOM1FBjc/ The federal Clean Air Act allows states with serious air pollution to adopt these stronger standards, superceding EPA's federal emissions standards. See NJ's official state press release at http://actionnetwork.org/ct/DpqwsOM1FBj5/ In April, the Connecticut Clean Cars bill (S.B. 119) passed in the General Assembly with only one no vote and was signed into law on May 10 by the governor. Hundreds of activists sent letters to the Capitol supporting this bill: http://actionnetwork.org/ct/JdqwsOM1FBjB/. Connecticut now has arguably the strongest clean car legislation outside California. Besides requiring cleaner vehicles that will help the state manage its smog problem, the law also requires Connecticut to adopt California's greenhouse gas emission standards once they are issued. + 2004 Greenbook Now Available Online In the market for a new car or truck? ACEEE's Greenbook helps you choose a greener vehicle; one that is cleaner and more fuel-efficient yet still meets your transportation needs. The 2004 Greenbook is a subscription service that is available online at http://actionnetwork.org/ct/D7qwsOM1FBjv/. Highlights of the "best" and "worst" from 2004 can be viewed for free. +Stay tuned: We're currently working to update our own Tailpipe Tally webtool, which allows you to calculate your vehicle's fuel economy and pollution impact. Look for the new 2004 model year information in the coming weeks at http://actionnetwork.org/ct/DdqwsOM1FBjf// + Spread the word about the Clean Car Campaign + Over 120,000 people around the world have taken the Clean Car Pledge, demonstrating to auto companies that consumers want cleaner car options. But more help is needed. Spread the word: http://actionnetwork.org/ct/J7qwsOM1FBjX/  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Thank you July 30, 2004 1:32 AM

Thank you for the update.  [ send green star]
 
 September 21, 2004 6:40 AM

About clean cars... I started a group on LPG cars. If you want to visit, it's the same category than this one. Marina  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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