Washington, D.C. – In response to the EPA’s final rule to reduce harmful Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions from heavy-duty vehicles, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) issued the following statement from President Gene Karpinski:
“EPA’s final rule to reduce health-harming and smog-forming pollution from diesel trucks is a step in the right direction, but should have done even more to reduce disproportionate exposure in communities of color and low income communities overburdened with diesel pollution. Diesel pollution cuts short the lives of thousands of people each year and triggers hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks, especially in frontline communities along freight routes.
“While this rule is an important step forward, more is needed to reduce transportation pollution and protect our health. Administrator Regan must first approve California’s waivers to reinforce states’ authority to set stronger truck and car standards, then swiftly propose and finalize stronger, longer term standards for climate pollution from cars and trucks to accelerate deployment of electric vehicles.
“Also without further delay, EPA must propose a strong limit for soot pollution, also known as particulate matter, in order to further protect our health and advance environmental justice.”
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