State’s Clean Car Program applauded

As a resident of New Jersey, I am concerned about our poor air quality. This is especially true now in the summer months, when people with respiratory illnesses like asthma are warned to stay inside on nearly one out of every three days due to high levels of ozone or smog.

I was pleased to know that New Jersey policy makers have introduced legislation to clean up one of the biggest sources of ozone and toxic air pollution in New Jersey: emissions from cars and light trucks. Recognizing the public health benefits of cleaner air, New York and Massachusetts have already adopted this Clean Car Program, which requires manufacturers to sell the cleanest possible cars in those states.

I applaud Sen. Joseph Kyrillos and Assemblymen Samuel Thompson and Joseph Azzolina for their leadership in co-sponsoring the Clean Car legislation, and I hope other legislators in New Jersey will follow their lead. Initiatives like these are what we need here in New Jersey to ensure a safer and healthier environment in which to live.

I hope Jim McGreevey and Bret Schundler will show the same leadership as candidates for governor, and pledge to protect public health in New Jersey by supporting the Clean Car Program and other key environmental health protections.

Dalia Zaza

Clean Car associate

New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG)