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Michigan coalition pushes EPA for strong clean car standards

The exhaust pipes of a VW diesel car are photographed in Frankfurt, Germany, on Wednesday. German auto bosses, ministers and state governors are considering how to reduce diesel emissions as drivers face the threat of possible bans on driving older diesel cars in some cities.
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The exhaust pipes of a VW diesel car are photographed in Frankfurt, Germany, on Wednesday. German auto bosses, ministers and state governors are considering how to reduce diesel emissions as drivers face the threat of possible bans on driving older diesel cars in some cities.

A coalition of Democratic state lawmakers and environmental groups are urging the US EPA to make the next round of clean car standards as strong as possible.

The standards will apply to cars built in the years 20-27 to 20-35.

"The transportation sector is one of the largest sources of carbon pollution in Michigan, and we're already seeing the impacts of climate change -- from increased and more sporadic precipitation, more extreme weather, events, to warming lakes with increased risks of hazardous algae blooms." said Margrethe Kearney who is with the Environmental Law and Policy Center.

Coalition members are asking Michigan's congressional delegation in DC to use their influence with the EPA as it drafts the clean car standards.

Tracy Samilton covers the auto beat for Michigan Radio. She has worked for the station for 12 years, and started out as an intern before becoming a part-time and, later, a full-time reporter. Tracy's reports on the auto industry can frequently be heard on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as on Michigan Radio. She considers her coverage of the landmark lawsuit against the University of Michigan for its use of affirmative action a highlight of her reporting career.