Government, Business, Equipment, Fuel

EPA Provides Updates on Emissions Standards, SmartWay Activities

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking later this year aimed at establishing new emissions standards for oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and other pollutants for highway heavy-duty engines, an EPA official told the S.11 study group of the Technology & Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations during TMC’s virtual spring meeting.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
April 19, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

EPA Steps Up Efforts to Catch Emissions Tampering

EPA enforcement alert

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is in its second year of a four-year enforcement effort to catch truckers who are installing emissions defeat devices or otherwise tampering with emissions systems.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 18, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

EPA Readies Biofuel Waivers, Delays for Trump’s Final Days

Steam billows out of a smokestack at a biorefining facility in Iowa. (Sergio Flores/Bloomberg News) Steam billows out of a smokestack at a biorefining facility in Iowa. (Sergio Flores/Bloomberg News)

The Trump administration is expected to exempt some oil refineries from 2019 mandates to use renewable fuel as it readies possible last-minute moves on U.S. biofuel policy.

January 13, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

North Carolina Environmental Chief Michael Regan Tapped to Lead EPA

President-elect Joe Biden has picked an experienced but not widely known state regulator, Michael Regan of North Carolina, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. (2017 photo by Chuck Liddy/The News & Observer via AP)

President-elect Joe Biden is nominating Michael Regan to lead the EPA, putting a North Carolina environmental regulator in line to chart national policy on combating climate change and pollution, according to people familiar with the matter.

December 17, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

Daimler AG to Pay $1.5 Billion to Settle Emissions Cheating Probes

Daimler AG will pay $1.5 billion to settle emissions cheating probes. Jeff Clark, assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, speaks during a news conference in Washington on Sept. 14. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)

Automaker Daimler AG and subsidiary Mercedes-Benz USA have agreed to pay $1.5 billion to the U.S. government and California state regulators to resolve emissions cheating allegations, officials said Sept. 14.

Michael Balsamo and Tom Krisher | Associated Press
September 14, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

EPA’s National NOx Proposal Headed for Another Delay

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There is mounting evidence that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s low oxides of nitrogen proposed rule, already months behind schedule, will not be completed until after the November elections, according to trucking industry and environmental group sources.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 30, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Trucking Mostly Supports EPA Emissions Plan, but Small Fleets Skeptical

EPA Emissions Plan Traffic on a Los Angeles highway. (Jamie Rector/Bloomberg News)

Stakeholder comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to aggressively reduce oxides of nitrogen emissions generally were positive, but with some caveats.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 27, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

CARB Ahead of EPA in Bid to Establish NOx Rule for Heavy Trucks

Route 99 in Fresno, Calif. State Route 99 in Fresno, Calif. CARB is presenting its own NOx rule to its board as soon as this spring. (Gary Kazanjian/Associated Press)

More than a year ago, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials announced the agency’s Cleaner Trucks Initiative, an effort to work closely with the California Air Resources Board to develop a more stringent “harmonized” nitrogen oxide-emissions rule for heavy trucks.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 23, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

EPA Honors 30 ATA Members for SmartWay Excellence

Sarah Dunham, EPA’s director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality Cheryl Bynum, EPA's National Program Manager, congratulates SmartWay award recipients at MCE. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

SAN DIEGO — Thirty American Trucking Associations members received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Excellence Award at the federation’s Management Conference & Exhibition on Oct. 7.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
October 7, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

EPA Wants to Revoke California Auto Regulation Powers

The Trump administration is preparing a plan to strip California’s authority to set tougher auto efficiency regulations than the federal government, even while agencies continue finalizing a rollback of national standards, according to people familiar with the matter.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
September 5, 2019