Release 10-29
March 25, 2010

Stanley Young
916-322-1309 desk
916-956-9409 cell

Statement from ARB Executive Officer James N. Goldstene on Cool Cars Regulation:

SACRAMENTO - Following the June 2009 Board adoption of the cool cars regulation, stakeholders raised several new issues involving performance of electronic devices as they may affect public safety.  After listening to this input and accounting for the legal deadline to finalize the rule, today we are announcing that the AB32 “cool cars” rulemaking will cease.  Instead, the Board will pursue a performance-based approach as part of its vehicle climate change program to reduce CO2 from air conditioning and provide cooler car interiors for California motorists

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency.  ARB’s mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy.  The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.