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Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Audit Finds Proposed EPA Glider Rule Repeal Skipped Legal, Health Analyses

Glider Rule A Peterbilt on display at the Fitzgerald Glider Kits booth during an industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

A new report by the Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General determined that former agency Administrator Scott Pruitt failed to follow legal and public health safeguards in 2017 when he proposed to repeal an Obama-era regulation limiting the number of glider trucks that could be manufactured annually.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
December 11, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Watchdog Faults Rushed EPA Rulemaking on Glider Trucks

Fitzgerald glider kit in a Peterbilt 389 A Fitzgerald glider kit installed in a Peterbilt 389. (Fitzgerald Glider Kits via YouTube)

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration rushed to exempt glider trucks from clean air rules without conducting a federally mandated study on how it would impact public health, the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general said Dec. 5.

Ellen Knickmeyer | Associated Press
December 6, 2019
Government, Business

Government: Fitzgerald Now Owes $83 Million in Back Taxes

Fitzgerald facility Fitzgerald Glider Kits

Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice have filed a counterclaim against Fitzgerald Truck Parts and Sales, adjusting the sum the glider truck maker owes the IRS to $83 million from $64 million for not collecting a 12% excise sales taxes on retail glider sales dating to 2012.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
August 9, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

EPA IG Finds Study Critical of Glider Emissions Was Properly Conducted

Glider Emissions Trucks ready for glider kit installation. (Fitzgerald Glider Kits via YouTube)

A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Inspector General audit has given a 2017 agency study critical of glider truck emissions a clean bill of health.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
August 1, 2019
Government, Business

Glider Truck Maker Fitzgerald Wages Court Battle Over IRS’ $64 Million Excise Tax Bill

Fitzgerald glider kids booth Fitzgerald Glider Kits exhibit at a trade show by John Sommers II for Transport Topics.

A federal judge has ruled that Fitzgerald Truck Parts and Sales can proceed with its lawsuit disputing an IRS claim that the glider truck maker owes more than $64 million in back tractor-trailer federal excise taxes, penalties and interest.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 24, 2019
Government, Equipment

White House Nonresponsive to EPA Inspector General Requests on Glider Truck Audit

Glider truck They have long been the target of criticism by environmental groups, truck manufacturers and segments of the trucking industry since the kits’ older engines do not meet federal emissions standards. (Elkhorn Valley Trucks)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General has complained that a delay by the White House in responding to information requests is undermining an audit of the Trump administration’s attempt to repeal an Obama-era rule limiting production of heavy-polluting glider trucks.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
May 9, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

EPA's Andrew Wheeler Says New Glider Truck Rule Would Consider Impact on Manufacturers

Glider Kit Truck Rule A Fitzgerald glider kit installed in a Peterbilt 389. (Fitzgerald Glider Kits via YouTube)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to tailor its new glider truck emissions standard to help protect the glider industry from “going out of business or substantially reducing its economic growth potential,” agency chief Andrew Wheeler said in a document sent to Congress.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 1, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Tennessee Tech Nixes Plan to Build Intelligent Mobility Center With Fitzgerald Glider Kits

A Peterbilt on display at the Fitzgerald Glider Kits booth A Peterbilt on display at the Fitzgerald Glider Kits booth during MATS. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Tennessee Tech University officials have ended plans to establish an Intelligent Mobility Research Center in a partnership with Fitzgerald Glider Kits after a university research misconduct investigation discredited a university study that concluded in some cases glider trucks polluted less than newer heavy trucks.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
December 6, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Glider Kit Study Drew ‘Inaccurate’ Conclusions, Tennessee Tech Finds

Fitzgerald glider kit A Fitzgerald glider kit on display at the 2016 Mid-America Trucking Show (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

A misconduct investigation completed by Tennessee Technological University concluded that university researchers erred when stating in an industry-funded glider kit study that emissions from the trucks are as clean or cleaner than those from newer trucks.

Joe Howard and Eric Miller | Staff Reporters
October 24, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Four Democratic Representatives Seek IG Investigation of TTU Glider Study

TTU Glider Study Daimler Trucks North America gliders at a 2017 show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Four House Democrats have asked the Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General to investigate a glider truck study by a Tennessee Tech University researcher. The study already is the subject of a research misconduct investigation by the university.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
October 11, 2018

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