An administrative law judge has given the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency the green light to implement the California Clean Car standard. The Walz Administration will now review this plan to adopt California’s strict emissions standards. Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association President Scott Lambert wants the state legislature to be intervene. “Doing a big, big policy change by administrative rule is really unprecedented.” Minnesota is the first Midwestern state to move forward with the California rule. Lambert says this is a bad idea. “It will increase the price of all vehicles; that will be hard on our dealerships that sell vehicles to North Dakotans, South Dakotans and people in other states because we’ll be priced uncompetitive at that point.” Lambert says the Clean Cars rule would also hurt Minnesota’s ethanol and biodiesel markets.
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