New Truck Air Pollution Standards Necessary to Protect Health of Americans from Air Pollution
(December 20, 2016) -
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Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) responded to Petitions for Revised NOx Standards for On-highway Heavy-duty Engines and Trucks. Following this announcement, American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer released the following statement:
"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must update heavy-duty truck emissions standards to reduce air pollution and protect the health of Americans. Truck standards were last updated in 2001, and those standards were implemented in 2010. Since then, emissions control technology has advanced, offering new opportunities to protect public health. Evidence has also grown that warrants stronger limits on nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions, with new research showing that NOx emissions not only trigger asthma attacks, but may even cause new cases of asthma to develop. In addition, NOx emissions are key to the formation of ground-level ozone, the nation's most widespread air pollutant. Strong, enforceable limits will better protect the millions of Americans who live near roadways or live with a lung disease like asthma.
"The American Lung Association is concerned that EPA is moving far too slowly by proposing to implement the standards in model year 2024. Communities need cleaner trucks now. We urge EPA to cut emissions by at least 90 percent to 0.02 g/bhp-hr. The American Lung Association will work with the new administration to accelerate the implementation timeline to provide cleaner air sooner to the American people."
Learn more about air pollution and lung health at Stateoftheair.org. For media interested in speaking with an expert about healthy air, contact Allison MacMunn at Media@Lung.org or 312-801-7628.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.