New Truck Efficiency Standards Expected to Cut 1.1 Billion Tons of Carbon Pollution and Reduce Other Harmful Pollutants
(August 16, 2016) - CHICAGO
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Statement of Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, in response to today's release of the Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
"The vehicle efficiency standards released today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are a critical move forward in the fight for healthy air. These standards are set to protect public health and fight climate change by reducing carbon pollution and other harmful air pollutants like particulate matter and nitrogen oxides produced from trucks, tractors, trailers and buses. EPA estimates these standards will prevent 175,000 asthma attacks in children and more than 600 premature deaths annually in 2040.
"Cutting these emissions will help fight climate change and improve the health of all Americans, particularly the most vulnerable, such as older Americans, young children and people with lung diseases like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We thank President Obama, the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for this important step to save lives and safeguard Americans' health."
Learn more about outdoor air pollution at www.Lung.org/our-initiatives/healthy-air/outdoor or the "State of the Air" report. For media interested in speaking with an expert about air pollution and policies that improve air quality, contact the American Lung Association at Media@Lung.org or 312-801-7628.
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