Regulatory Developments, Special Topics in Environmental Management

Truckers’ Expectations Met in Phase 2 Standards

American Trucking Associations (ATA) responded with “cautious optimism” to the final federal Phase 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) and fuel-efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The standards were adopted jointly by the EPA, which developed the GHG portion of the regulations, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which wrote the fuel-efficiency section. Industry’s reaction results in large measure from efforts by the agencies to involve affected sectors in the rulemaking process.

“This rule builds on our commitment to robust collaboration with stakeholders and the public,” say the EPA/NHTSA. “It follows an expansive and thorough outreach effort in which the agencies gathered input, data and views from many interested stakeholders, involving over 400 meetings with heavy-duty vehicle and engine manufacturers, technology suppliers, trucking fleets, truck drivers, dealerships, environmental organizations, and state agencies.”

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