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U.S. EPA proposing rules to cut emissions from heavy trucks -Breaking


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – Commuters drive through early morning traffic in Los Angeles as they head towards downtown, California. July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photograph

By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters), -The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA) said Monday it would propose new rules to reduce smog-forming greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty trucks.

The EPA proposes to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from heavy trucks. This would lead to a decrease of 47% to 61% in NOx by 2045. It is the first reduction in heavy-duty trucks’ NOx since 2001. These new standards will be effective in 2027, the model year.

The administration also proposes stricter new greenhouse gas emissions standards for some types of heavy vehicles.

Michael Regan, EPA Administrator said that these new standards will dramatically reduce harmful pollution. They harness recent advances in vehicle technology from the trucking sector as it progresses toward a zero emissions transportation future.

The Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association said it would work “with EPA to ensure that the final version of today’s rule is practical, technically feasible, cost-effective, and will result in the necessary fleet turnover to achieve the nation’s environmental objectives.”

It was found that engines built after 2010 emit 30 times less NOx than their predecessors, but about half of the fleet had been re-engineered.

The EPA proposes to extend emission warranties.

According to the EPA, rules that would drastically improve air quality can reduce premature deaths by up to 2100 and 3.1 millions cases of symptoms such as asthma.

The EPA will set separate greenhouse gas emission standards for heavy-duty cars as soon as 2030.

The EPA projects that the program will bring in $19 to $31 billion per year for manufacturers, but it could also provide net benefits worth up to $220 billion.

The EPA stated that the regulations could lead to a 2% increase of Class 8 trucks during the period before 2031 standards are implemented and a corresponding decline in sales for the entire year following their implementation.

Separately, $1.5 Billion was announced by the Transportation Department to support state and local governments with electric transit buses. It also provided $2.2 Billion funding to fund 35 transit agencies located in 18 states.

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