EPA Proposes Emission Cuts for Train and Marine Engines

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The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed for the first time sharp cuts in exhaust emissions from railroad locomotive and marine engines in a plan a spokesman said would “follow exactly the same pattern” as environmental regulations for truck engines.EPA regulations have cut emissions from truck and off-road diesels in recent years, and environmental groups applauded EPA’s March 1 move to make other transport modes subject to tighter emission rules. The proposed Clean Air Locomotive and Marine Diesel rule “is fitting the last piece into the clean diesel puzzle by linking clean fuels and new engine technology,” said EPA spokeswoman Jennifer Wood. Locomotives would have to begin using ultra-low-sulfur diesel in 2012.For the full story, see the March 12 print edition of Transport Topics. Subscribe today.