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EPA proposes to exempt certain glider trucks from emissions standards

In November 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt proposed a rule to repeal tighter emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks with older engines.  The regulation is aimed at controlling soot and other pollutants.

The current rule applies emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks to new truck components called gliders and trailers. A glider, or body, is the front of a truck, including the cab, which fits over the engine.  Under EPA’s new proposal, companies would be allowed to install an outdated engine into a new truck body and avoid regulations that would apply to an entirely new truck.

The Washington Post reports that executives from three major heavy-truck and engine manufacturers — Volvo Group North America, Cummins and Navistar — wrote Pruitt urging him not to reopen the rule. It noted that the three companies were joining with the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association, the American Trucking Associations and the Truck Rental and Leasing Association in “voicing their concerns” about the move.

Glen Kedzie, vice president and energy and environmental counsel for American Trucking Associations, said at an EPA hearing that by EPA’s own admission, glider vehicles may account for as much as 33% of total NOx emissions from all heavy-duty on-highway vehicles by 2025 if left unchecked.

ATA opposes a repeal of the glider provision, Kedzie said.

“It is well-known that gliders are purchased to save money, avoid maintenance costs and weight penalties, skirt federal excise tax payments, elude the use of engine technologies that virtually eliminate NOx and PM emissions, and to avoid the installation of safety equipment in pre-2000 vehicles under the electronic logging device rule which goes into effect Dec. 18,” Kedzie told EPA officials.

The full proposal can be found in the Federal Register.

Comments must be submitted Jan. 5, 2008 and may be submitted by clicking the submit a formal comment tab on the Federal Register page.

 

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Widener Law School holds event on Practical Sustainable Development – Tools for Municipalities

Practical Sustainable Development: Tools for Municipalities
November 18, 2016; 1:00–4:30 p.m.
Widener University Commonwealth Law School
Administration Building, Room A180
3737 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA

3 Continuing Legal Education credits available (2 substantive, 1 ethics) – $20.00 non-CLE and CLE attendees

A growing number of municipalities are looking for ways to make economic development, social well-being, and environmental protection work together for improved quality of life.
This program will showcase eight model sustainability ordinances drafted by Widener
Commonwealth law students under the close supervision of Widener Commonwealth
faculty and in coordination with representatives of the Pennsylvania State Association of
Township Supervisors and Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs. Building on these
presentations, the program also includes an explanation of the ethical responsibility of
lawyers to analyze legal problems through the lens of sustainable development.

Sponsored by Widener University Commonwealth Law School;
PA State Association of Boroughs; PA State Association of Township Supervisors

To register, go to Widener Commonwealth Law School events:
http://commonwealthlaw.widener.edu/prospective-students/why-widener/events/register-for-events/
For more information, please e-mail: CLEcwlaw@widener.edu

CAB Asks State Regulators to Cut Idling by Trucks: Patriot News

October 19, 2006: The Patriot-News

Cut Idling by Trucks, Group Asks Regulators

by Charles Thompson

Excerpt:

Living in the midstate means co-existing with a lot of trucks. But a Carlisle-based group is aiming to curb the pollutants coming from tractor-trailers. The Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania yesterday came to the state Capitol seeking a new statewide regulation to limit the time tractor-trailers can spend idling at rest stops. The group submitted a petition for rules on idling to the state Department of Environmental Protection. The group’s proposed regulations, inspired by rules in 12 other states, would restrict truck idling to five minutes per hour — deemed a sufficient time to heat or cool an occupied truck cabin. For the first few years, trucks would be permitted to idle for prolonged periods when the outside temperature was below 40 degrees or above 80 degrees and no idle-reduction technology was available.