WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new study shows that the emissions standards hoisted upon the trucking industry by the EPA in 2007 are paying off, with a 90% reduction in certain emissions occuring between 2004 and 2007.
The results have exceeded expectations, according to a report by the Coordinating Research Council and the Health Effects Institute.
Engines that are EPA07-compliant have “exceeded substantially even those levels required by law,” the report said. In fact, 07 engines were so much better than required, that they produced 98% less carbon monoxide, 10% less NOx, 89% less particulate matter and 95% less non-methane hydrocarbons than required by EPA under its 2007 diesel engine emissions standards.
“These latest emissions figures are a testament to the trucking and engine manufacturing industries’ deep commitment to the environment,” said ATA president and CEO Bill Graves. “We’re proud of the significant progress that has been made and we look forward to building upon this foundation as we continue to work toward a more sustainable future.”
Under the EPA’s 2010 rules, NOx will be slashed a further 50%.
“Diesel engines are the workhorses of the nation’s transportation infrastructure because they are fuel-efficient, durable and reliable,” said Jed Mandel, president of the Engine Manufacturers Association. “We can now add near-zero emissions to the list of diesel’s positive attributes.
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