WASHINGTON, D.C. --- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has cleared a path for auto manufacturers to make hydrogen-powered fuel-cell cars to meet zero-emission requirements in 11 states, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. EPA officials signed a waiver that effectively approved amendments adopted in 2003 by the California Air Resources Board. These amendments permit automakers to produce fuel cells as an alternative to battery-powered cars and light trucks previously required by California. Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington have all adopted California's rules. The rule amendments were spurred by legal challenges from the auto manufacturers. Fuel cells employ hydrogen and oxygen to run an electric motor.

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