EPA May Revisit Truck Greenhouse Gas Emissions Policy

By David Schultz

The EPA may revisit a policy finalized during the Obama era that set standards for greenhouse gas emissions from trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles, according to an April 20 court filing.

The agency is asking the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to put a 90-day pause on a lawsuit over the emissions policy while it weighs whether to modify or possibly rescind it. In its filing, the Environmental Protection Agency said its actions here could resolve the conflicts in the case ( Truck Trailer Mfr. Ass’n v. EPA , D.C. Cir., No. 16-01447, 4/20/17 ).

The emissions policy, which was finalized last year, requires trucks to achieve a 9 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2027. One of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit is a coalition of truck trailer manufacturers that are challenging the EPA’s authority to impose aerodynamic standards on their products.

The Trump administration already has begun the reconsideration process for a separate Obama-era emissions policy that applies to cars and smaller passenger trucks.

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