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California, other states sue U.S. on car emissions

SAN FRANCISCO -- California sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, demanding a quick federal decision that would allow the nation’s most populous state to limit greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.

“California is ready to implement the nation’s cleanest standards for vehicle emissions, but we cannot do that until the federal government grants a waiver allowing us to enforce those standards,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said.

The long-threatened legal action follows a 2005 California law requiring new vehicles to meet tighter standards for emissions, starting with 2009 models introduced next year.

California needs a waiver from the federal government because it is seeking to impose stricter standards than those imposed under federal law. The legal filing asks the court to force a EPA decision on the matter.

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