MPCA to hold six community discussions on new clean car standards

Contacts: Mary Robinson, 651-757-2525; Darin Broton, 651-757-2278

Saint Paul, Minn. — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) today announced six community meetings to solicit public comments on the agency’s intent to adopt clean car standards similar to those in 14 other states, including Colorado and Maine. More than 60 percent of Americans think climate change is a crisis or serious problem, and a majority of Americans think action needs to be taken right now. In Minnesota, transportation is now the largest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHG), and passenger vehicles are the largest segment within the sector.

Recently, Governor Tim Walz asked the MPCA to start the rulemaking process to adopt the Clean Cars Minnesota proposal to protect existing standards for reducing emissions of GHGs and other air pollutants, and require manufacturers to deliver for sale to Minnesota more ultra-low and zero-emission electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.

The MPCA will be holding community meetings on the following dates and locations:

  • Tuesday, October 29 (5 - 7 p.m.) – Fergus Falls
    Otter Tail County Government Services Center: 500 W Fir Avenue, Fergus Falls, MN, 56537
  •  Wednesday, November 6 (5 - 7 p.m.) – Marshall
    Lyon County Library: 201 C Street, Marshall, MN 56258
  • Thursday, November 14 (5 - 7 p.m.) – Minneapolis
    Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center (UROC): 2001 Plymouth Avenue N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
  • Wednesday, October 30 (5 - 7 p.m.) – Burnsville
    Burnsville City Hall Council Chambers: 100 Civic Center Pkwy, Burnsville, MN 55337
  • Tuesday, November 12 (5 - 7 p.m.) – Virginia
    Miner’s Memorial Building, South Room: 821 S 9th Avenue W, Virginia, MN 55792
  • Tuesday, November 19 (5 - 7 p.m.) – Mankato
    Blue Earth County Library: 100 E Main Street, Mankato, MN 56001

The MPCA will also host a statewide webinar on November 4 (Noon - 1 p.m.) for those who are unable to attend a community meeting but would like to learn more about the rule.

The community meeting announcement was part of the MPCA’s official Request for Comments — the agency’s legal notice of its intent to begin rulemaking — in the State Register. The Request for Comments period is 60 days, and the public is encouraged to submit written comments until 4:30 p.m. on December 6, 2019. MPCA welcomes all comments on the rule, including simply stating whether or not the agency should adopt these standards and why. 

The MPCA expects to issue the proposed clean car standards rule in late winter in 2020, with final adoption expected December 2020. 

More information about the rule, public meetings, and how to submit comments is on the MPCA's Clean Cars Minnesota webpage