The new Hawaii Air Conditioning Act allows consumers to choose air conditioning products with the lowest emissions.
It’s the latest chapter in a battle over how to regulate the air quality in Hawaii, a state that has long been plagued by smog and other pollutants.
The bill, signed into law in April by Gov.
Neil Abercrombie, is meant to protect the state’s air quality from dangerous pollutants like particulate matter.
As part of the bill, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Health are prohibited from regulating the amount of air pollutants in the air.
“This law will make Hawaii a safer place to live, work and visit,” Abercrimbie said.
California has banned air conditioning for decades.
Other states have also been debating air conditioning bans for years.
But California Gov.
Jerry Brown, a Democrat, said he’s going to veto the bill because it goes too far.
“It’s not going to make us safer, it’s not making us more livable, it will do nothing to protect our environment,” Brown said at a news conference Monday.
State legislators also voted to restrict the use of certain industrial chemicals in Hawaii.
David Ige said his state will not be able to import certain chemicals from other states.
Ige told reporters that he’s not concerned about the pollution, saying the air conditioning ban has been in place for 20 years.