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Columbia officials urge leaders to keep clean car standards

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Members of the Columbia community urged elected officials to maintain the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Transportation’s clean car standards.

Representatives from the public transportation agency, The COMET and the Columbia branch of AAA spoke at an event held at the Statehouse on Tuesday. The groups called on S.C. senators to protect public health.

“We have made great strides toward developing policies and technologies for improving air quality,” said Tameria Warren, an environmental specialist with Whitetail Environmental and adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina. “It is important to continue these efforts to ensure our health, the environment and our economy are in good shape.”

Speakers said the standards could lead to vehicles being more fuel-efficient, which would save drivers money when filling their gas tanks.

"Cleaner, more efficient vehicles reduce air pollution, helping prevent asthma attacks in my son Jaden and the more than 6 million children nationwide with this disease,” said Shakeila James, regional field director for Moms Clean Air Force. “Removing EPA and DOT clean car standards could make air pollution worse. That is unacceptable to me as a mom. My son and children everywhere deserve to play outside without fear of breathing dirty air.”

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