Lawmakers Question Administration's Role at Air Resources Board

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, July 5, 2007

Last week, the Chairman of the California Air Resources Board, Robert Sawyer was fired by the Schwarzenegger Administration… Just a few days later the Board’s executive director, Catherine Witherspoon quit.

She accuses Administration staffers of blocking efforts to implement a state law capping greenhouse gases.  Assembly Natural Resources Committee chair Loni Hancock will oversee a hearing on the issue.  She says the accusations are troubling and she wants to ensure the board can act independently. 

“It’s way too soon to start watering the law down  that is what we have indications happened, we need to get to the bottom of it, and we need to turn it around and we need to put an end to it right away…” 

Governor Schwarzenegger has defended his actions and he says accusations of staff “micromanaging” the board are unfair.