WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. EPA has announced it will revisit provisions to Phase 2 of greenhouse gas rules for heavy-duty trucks, trailers, and engines.
It says it is responding to concerns raised stakeholders in the trailer and glider industries.
“In light of the significant issues raised, the agency has decided to revisit the Phase 2 trailer and glider provisions,” said EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. “We intend to initiate a rulemaking process that incorporates the latest technical data and is wholly consistent with our authority under the Clean Air Act.”
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) expressed concern about the move.
“ATA is proud of our record on fuel efficiency and sustainability,” said ATA president and CEO Chris Spear. “In large part due to our support for Phase 1 of the EPA’s greenhouse gas rule, today’s new trucks are cleaner and more efficient than ever. We had worked closely with EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Phase 2 to continue building on that success, but by reopening the rule to reexamine trailers and glider kits, EPA has opened the door to California taking the lead, and a more aggressive track, in setting trailer standards.
“As representatives of an interstate industry,” Spear added, “ATA believes a single national standard, set by federal regulators, is preferable to at worst, a patchwork of state standards or at best, a de facto national standard that is set without the appropriate opportunity for the entire regulated community – many members of which are not based in California – to weigh in.”