REVIEWING RULES FOR TRUCKS ? * USA: By Trump Administration
* DC - EPA Court filing may signal Trump review of strict heavy-duty truck emissions rules
--- After launching a review of strict fuel economy standards for light vehicles, the Trump administration may be turning its sights on a similar set of rules for heavy-duty trucks and large commercial vehicles... The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have asked the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to place a 90-day pause on a lawsuit challenging the stringent greenhouse gas emissions, or GHG, standards on heavy-duty trucks enacted by the Obama administration last year... Last week, the agencies requested the stay – until July 20 – while they decide whether to modify or possibly rescind the new rules, known as the Phase 2 standards... The Phase 2 rules require heavy-duty trucks to achieve a 9 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2027. Trailer manufacturers would have to abide by strict new aerodynamic design standards as well... In March, President Donald Trump announced he would reopen a midterm review of the light-vehicle fuel economy regulations. The action was requested by the auto industry, which had warned about the technological challenges and expense of meeting regulations intended to push a test measure for the fuel economy of new cars to 54.5 mpg by 2025...
(Photo by Brian Hadden: Trucks on the highway) -- Washington, DC, USA - Trucks.com, by CLARISSA HAWES - April 26, 2017