Attorney General Balderas joins effort to curb pollution from vehicles

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a call with 21 other attorneys general across the country to demand the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopt stricter federal standards to reduce air pollution from automobiles.

The comments issued Monday were in support of an EPA proposal to tighten vehicle emissions standards for cars built in 2023 or later, aimed at lowering greenhouse gases released from the transportation sector.

The proposed standards would call for a 10 percent reduction in 2023, followed by 5 percent from 2024 to 2026.

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Under the administration of former-President Obama, the EPA mandated a 5 percent reduction in emissions each year, but Obama’s predecessor former-President Donald Trump saw the threshold lowered to 1.5 percent in 2020.