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.

September 14, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

EPA’s National NOx Proposal Headed for Another Delay

truck exhaust pipe Chmiel/Getty Images

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
Government, Business, Fuel

Oil Industry Poised to Attack as EPA Boosts Ethanol in Fuels

Ethanol Daniel Acker/ Associated Press

Oil industry foes are preparing to go to court to fight the Environmental Protection Agency regulation issued May 31 that allows year-round sales of higher-ethanol E15 gasoline nationwide.

May 31, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

EPA Rushed Ethanol Plan so Trump Could Keep Pledge, Documents Show

Ethanol Sergio Flores/Bloomberg News

After President Donald Trump promised Iowa voters he would unleash high-ethanol gasoline, his administration fast-tracked a plan to lift summertime restrictions on the fuel, forgoing studies of its potential price tag and hastily ending a review of the measure.

March 28, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Senate Confirms Andrew Wheeler for Top EPA Post

Andrew Wheeler Andrew Wheeler appears before a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on Jan. 16. (Andrew Harnik/Associated Press)

The country’s environmental regulatory agency has a new boss.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 28, 2019