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Stickers would show new cars' pollution potential
An emissions label developed by California under its Low Emissions Vehicle program.
By Globe Staff
For years, people strolling on car lots have been able to look at stickers on the cars telling them how many miles the car would get per gallon. Soon, a new sticker may tell people how much the car would pollute the air.
State environmental officials say they're proposing a regulation requiring that all new cars, beginning with the 2010 models that will hit the lots next year, bear an "emission performance label."
The sticker would be affixed to the driver's side window and would rate the car from 1 to 10, with 10 being the cleanest, in two categories: the production of gases that cause smog and the production of greenhouse gases that scientists believe are causing global warming.
"The Emission Performance Label will help motorists find vehicles that combat global climate change as well as get them where they want to go," Ian Bowles, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, said in a statement.
Massachusetts is one of the first states proposing to adopt the label, which was developed by the state of California, environmental officials said.
The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking public comment on the proposal. A public hearing is slated for Dec. 10 at the department's office at 1 Winter St., Boston. Written testimony can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org until 5 p.m. on Dec. 22.