Environmental Improvement Board and Albuquerque Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board adopt the Clean Car Rule

New Mexico Environment Department sent this bulletin at 06/01/2022 12:57 PM MDT

Environmental Improvement Board and Albuquerque Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board adopt the Clean Car Rule

Following a two-day hybrid in-person and virtual hearing and four public comment sessions, the Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) approved the adoption of New Motor Vehicle Emission Standards as Part 91, Chapter 2, Title 20 of the New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC), the Clean Car Rule, on May 5th, 2022.  The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board (AQCB) followed suit and adopted the nearly identical Clean Car Rule specific to the AQCB’s jurisdiction, NMAC 20.11.104 New Motor Vehicle Emission Standards. After publication in the New Mexico Register, the rule will take effect July 1, 2022.

The Clean Car Rule sets low-emission and zero-emission standards for new cars and trucks offered for sale in New Mexico, improving the air we breathe, giving consumers more choices, saving New Mexicans money, and protecting our environment. In addition to providing links to the newly adopted Clean Car Rule, the Road to Clean Cars New Mexico webpage describes the key milestones and documents that led to the rule’s adoption with recordings of the virtual public meetings.   

Pollution from transportation accounts for a large portion of New Mexico’s greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to the state’s growing ozone problem. Seven New Mexico counties are nearing problematic ground-level ozone levels, which cause respiratory illnesses and heart attacks, and disproportionately affect the state’s most vulnerable populations. New vehicle standards can significantly improve air quality, including ground-level ozone levels, especially along heavily traveled urban corridors where traditionally disadvantaged populations disproportionately live and work.

The Clean Car Rule reduces emissions from the transportation sector by making about 3,800 additional zero-tailpipe emission passenger cars – like fully electric vehicles – available in dealer showrooms in New Mexico each year.  The Clean Car Rule is projected to eliminate about 130,000 tons of greenhouse gases and over 1,700 tons of harmful ozone-forming air pollution in New Mexico by 2050.

For additional information on the Clean Car Rule, contact Claudia Borchert at NMED at 505-699-8489 or claudia.borchert@state.nm.us. 

Bernalillo County Composting Program Offering Free Online and In-Person Classes

Do you need help getting your composting journey started?  The Bernalillo County Master Composter Program are offering free online and in-person classes taught by experts. You can learn how to start a compost pile, what items work best for composting, and how to use compost in gardening. To learn more, visit: nmcomposters.org

Second Public Engagement Meeting for Clean Cars New Mexico September 15th

Environment Department and City of Albuquerque to host second public engagement meeting for Clean Cars New Mexico

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the City of Albuquerque will host their second virtual public engagement meeting in anticipation of coordinated rulemaking proceedings to adopt clean car rules in New Mexico. The public meeting is at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

MEETING INFORMATION 

Topic: Clean Cars New Mexico, public engagement kick-off meeting
Time: 2 p.m. Mountain Time September 15, 2021
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Meeting ID: 941 5475 5213
Passcode: 190022

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Clean car rules reduce emissions from the transportation sector by making more low-emission and zero-emission passenger vehicles available to consumers. Consumer Reports estimates that by 2025 auto manufacturers will produce about 100 electric vehicle models. Without clean car rules, many of these advanced technology vehicles will not be readily available in New Mexico as manufactures will preferentially deliver the zero-emission vehicles to states with clean car credits.

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