Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a new initiative to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from heavy-duty vehicles.
Wheeler made the announcement on Jan. 6 at a livestock exchange in Virginia. The Cleaner Trucks Initiative, introduced in an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), will be published in the Federal Register and will be open to public comment for 30 days.
“EPA is closely following the technical work initiated by the California Air Resources Board to update their heavy-duty vehicle and engine programs under a Heavy-Duty NOx Omnibus proposal,” the agency explained. “The [advance notice of proposed rulemaking] provides an opportunity for comment on the extent to which EPA should adopt provisions similar to those expected in the CARB Omnibus proposal.”
MEMA was present at the event and provided the following statement to Administrator Wheeler.
“MEMA appreciates that EPA is issuing an ANPRM and is offering an opportunity for industry to provide feedback on this important Cleaner Trucks Initiative,” said Laurie Holmes, MEMA Senior Director of Environmental Policy, at the event. “MEMA encourages EPA and CARB to continue to collaborate on the heavy-duty low NOx programs and to work to harmonize the programs as closely as possible. A harmonized program will help create the stability and certainty that manufacturers need to be competitive. MEMA looks forward to continuing its work with both EPA and CARB on this important initiative that will achieve additional NOx emissions reductions on the road and encourages implementation of best available technologies. The initiative also provides regulatory certainty for motor vehicle suppliers who have made significant investments in these important technologies.”