Last week, Acting Administrator Wheeler indicated in written response to questions from Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) intends to revive their effort to continue to find a way to repeal a requirement in Phase 2 (Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium‐ and Heavy‐Duty Engines and Vehicles) that requires glider trucks – trucks that combine a new chassis with a used drivetrain – to meet federal emissions standards. The proposal, issued in November 2017, faced challenge from the White House Office Management and Budget (OMB) last year when OMB sent the final rule back to EPA citing EPA’s failure to conduct a proper cost-benefit analysis on the repeal. Wheeler’s statements on the issue state that EPA will use “the appropriate source of authority, such as authority for remanufactured engines under the Clean Air Act.” Wheeler goes on to say EPA plans to analyze “costs and benefits associated with … comparing re-manufactured glider trucks to used trucks as gliders tend to be bought in lieu of used and not new trucks.”
EPA’s proposed repeal faces opposition from both industry and environmentalists. In January 2018, MEMA submitted comments to the EPA opposing the repeal on GHG emissions and criteria pollutant requirements for all glider vehicles, glider engines and glider kits under the Phase 2 final rule. MEMA supports the compromise for heavy‐duty glider vehicles, glider engines, and glider kits included in the October 2016 Phase 2 rule. The Phase 2 final rule allows a small business exception for a limited number of glider kits with non-compliant engines. MEMA supports this compromise contained in the Phase 2 final rule because it recognizes the value, purpose and legitimate uses of remanufactured engines in glider vehicles. The compromise provisions carefully balance the need of small businesses while allowing a level playing field for an industry that has invested heavily in meeting these important emissions standards.
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