Wieckowski to chair hearing on California's waivers to federal Clean Air Act

New EPA director would not commit to upholding CA's waivers during U.S. Senate confirmation hearing

February 21, 2017

Sacramento – The Senate Environmental Quality Committee, chaired by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), will hear an overview Wednesday morning on how the state’s ability to set its own standards to improve air quality has enhanced public health and created economic growth for California.  Members will hear testimony from state and regional air quality executives, health officials and other experts during the hearing at the state Capitol.

California’s waivers to the federal Clean Air Act came up during the confirmation hearings of federal Environmental Protection Agency designee Scott Pruitt.  Pruitt, who was confirmed Friday by the U.S. Senate, was asked by Sen. Kamala Harris if he would uphold the standard recognizing California’s ability to issue its own motor vehicle emission standards.  He said he would not presume the outcome of a future review process.

“For almost half a century, California has received bipartisan support from Washington for state waivers to set and enforce its own strict standards on mobile sources of pollution,” Wieckowski said. “These waivers have not only sparked innovation, but they have also improved the public health by fighting cardiovascular and respiratory illness, lung disease, and other adverse health effects.”    

WHO:            Senate Environmental Quality Committee (Wieckowski, Chair)

WHAT:          Oversight Hearing on California’s Federal Clean Air Act Waivers

WHERE:       Room 3191, California State Capitol

WHEN:          9:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Senator Wieckowski represents the 10th District, which includes southern Alameda County and northeast Santa Clara County.