:: 11.20.2003 ::
China to Require Fuel Economy Boost
The Chinese government is preparing to impose minimum fuel economy standards on new cars for the first time, and the rules will be significantly more stringent than those in the United States, according to Chinese experts involved in drafting them.
Read the rest in the New York Times. As the Daily Grist quipped, "Next thing you know they'll have a better human-rights record than the U.S., too." Sad, but all too likely.
The new standards are intended both to save energy and to force automakers to introduce the latest hybrid engines and other technology in China, in hopes of easing the nation's swiftly rising dependence on oil imports from volatile countries in the Middle East.
Also in Tuesday's Grist, I found a link to this Washington Post story: "The Environmental Protection Agency is considering an important rule change that for the first time would allow the nuclear industry to store low-level radioactive material in ordinary landfills and hazardous waste sites." Whaaaaa???
The EPA is inviting public comment on the proposal: please participate in this process. According to the EPA's document detailing the proposed rule changes, "Comments may be sent by electronic mail (e-mail) to a-and-r-Docket@epa.gov, Attention Docket ID No. OAR-2003-0095." Please include your name, mailing address, and an e-mail address or other contact information in the body of your comment. More detailed information about the rules and suggestions for submitting comments are outlined in the same document - I recommend reading them! Please submit your comments no later than March 17, 2004.
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