EPA proposes tougher mileage standards for trucks
WASHINGTON - The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says the administration's proposed tough new standards for trucks and vans will deliver "big time" on President Barack Obama's call to cut carbon pollution.
The rules being put forward by the agency are aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from the vehicles by 24 percent over the next 12 years. They're also supposed to cut oil consumption by up to 1.8 billion barrels over the lifetime of the vehicles sold under the rule.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says the rules will help the environment and the economy, as trucks use less fuel and shipping costs go down.
The American Trucking Association says industry generally supports the new rules, but that there are concerns that it may result in the use of technologies on vehicles before they can be fully tested. The head of the association said truck and engine manufacturers need time to develop solutions to meet the new standards.
Medium and heavy-duty vehicles account for about 20 percent of greenhouse gas emissions and oil use in the U.S. transportation sector. But the trucks and vans make up only 5 percent of vehicles on the road.