BUSH AUTO EMISSION PLAN COLLAPSES

A House subcommittee on Wednesday unexpectedly removed a Bush administration plan to allow carmakers meet pollution targets by averaging vehicle emissions. The unanimous voice vote means the Bush clean-air bill would require each car sold in this country to pass antipollution requirements. Current law has the car-by-car requirement, but the Bush plan would make the standards tougher to meet. An auto industry spokesman said the new standards would be too tough for each car to meet after several years.

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