2022 – Truck manufacturers complain about pollution

On the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) and its member companies sued to delay California’s regulation of lifesaving clean trucks: the Universal Heavy Duty Regulation (HDO).

The HDO regulation will significantly reduce air pollution from new diesel vehicles by reducing allowable nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from heavy trucks by about 75% from 2024 and 90% from 2027 below current standards. Nitrogen oxide emissions are hazardous to public health in their own right and as a precursor to ground-level ozone or smog. In addition to cleaning up NOx, the HDO regulation aims to institutionalize the control of particulate matter (soot) pollution and prevent relapses. These cuts add up to $36 billion in health care benefits across California from 3,900 premature deaths and 3,150 hospitalizations averted by 2050.

The lawsuit brought by the EMA alleges that adoption of the HDO regulation by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) violates a Clean Air Act (CAA) provision requiring a four-year deadline to implement emissions standards for the new standards requiring trucks, despite the fact that California, under The state’s Clean Air Act exemption authority, has consistently adopted standards for heavy-duty truck engines that have never been subject to a four-year deadline from the Civil Aviation Authority.

The lawsuit comes as part of a larger trend in which the EMA is trying to confront and delay critical emissions standards for clean trucks. For example, the EMA has strongly opposed the introduction of the Clean Advanced Trucking (ACT) regulation in California and other states, which would reduce harmful air pollution by requiring manufacturers to produce increased numbers of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) for medium and heavy duty trucks (MHD). ) for sale.

Because of the massive public health, environmental, and economic benefits of the HDO and ACT rules, six states have adopted the ACT rule, three HDO rules, and more are in the process of doing so this year and next.

Most importantly, these rules target air pollution emissions that disproportionately harm frontline communities living in and around transportation infrastructure such as ports, warehouses and highways. These communities are predominantly black and low-income.

Hypocrisy or ignorance? There is no excuse.

The lawsuit brought by the EMA is a direct attack on our communities, our lungs, and our environment. It’s also a new low for EMA, a trade association made up of car and engine manufacturers who have made public statements about their desire to eliminate vehicle pollution. A full list can be found here, but here are some of the most prominent and influential members.

“We are investing in a range of solutions to move the industry toward a zero-emissions future. We are taking steps today to translate our 2050 goals into real products and applications.”Tom Linebarger Chairman and CEO of Cummins Inc.

“We are now moving to bring advanced electric vehicles to the many, not the few. It’s about creating quality jobs that support American families, a highly efficient, carbon-neutral manufacturing system, and a growing company that delivers value to communities, merchants, and shareholders.”Jim Farley, President and CEO of Ford Motor Company

“Stalants will be the industry leader in mitigating climate change, achieving net zero carbon by 2038, with a 50% reduction by 2030. Leading the way in decarbonization and taking a critical step forward in the circular economy is our contribution to a sustainable future.”Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis

“Volvo Trucks is committed to moving the commercial transportation industry towards more sustainable solutions by promoting electric mobility. We will continue to invest in and develop this technology, both globally and in North America.”Peter Voorhof, President of Volvo Trucks North America

Do they know that the EMA is fighting on their behalf to undermine the future they claim they want? If so, they should be ashamed. If not, these companies must obtain an EMA to drop the lawsuit.

A self-defeating lawsuit that will hurt manufacturers.

The lawsuit is also self-defeating if truck engine manufacturers really want to clean up their act — because adopting these core emissions standards frees up additional policies and resources to help manufacturers transition to zero-emissions vehicles.

In addition to the millions of public dollars that California provides to help manufacturers sell their vehicles, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) – the agency that currently sues the EMA – is developing a new standard called Advanced Clean Fleets (ACF) – the rule that would require certain fleets to purchase Increasing numbers of ZEVs. The ACF rule is a demand side regulation that directly benefits manufacturers’ profits. Additionally, in other states that have passed the rules, such as New Jersey, a clear regulatory plan will open up additional charging infrastructure for medium and heavy-duty vehicles that will directly help manufacturers sell their products.

Countries should continue to press for maximum reductions in pollution from transportation.

This lawsuit is evidence that despite the public statements, truck manufacturers will never clean up their actions unless they are forced to do so by vehicle emissions standards. For states that want to reduce truck pollution to zero to protect public health and the environment, adopting ACT and HDO rules remains the best way to do so.

Originally Posted on NRDC. By Patricio Portillo

Photo posted by Markus Spiske, via pexels.com (Free to use)


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