Things To Know About The New EPA Chief

Mindy Sparks
July 10, 2018

From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.

EPA Press Secretary Molly Block told HDT on July 9 that back in November, the agency proposed to "repeal certain emission requirements for gliders".

Glider trucks are a combination of new truck bodies with older engines. Last year, Fitzgerald Glider Kits made 3,000 glider trucks.

Glider production had increased from 1,000 in 2010 to 10,000 in 2015, and Obama's EPA estimated that if those trends continued, the trucks would account for half of all truck-caused nitrogen oxide pollution by 2030. She noted that one option the agency is considering is extending to December 31, 2019 the compliance date for the 300-unit limit.

The rollback was immediately condemned by environmental groups, which have appealed to the White House to block the EPA from creating the loophole.

Vickie Patton, the general counsel at the Environmental Defense Fund, blames both Pruitt and new EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler for the effect the high pollutants will have on public health.

"I'm glad to see Pruitt go", Jepsen said.

Block did not respond when asked what role, if any, Wheeler played in the decision.

Pruitt had championed the rollback, claiming that the EPA did not have the legal authority to force companies like Fitzgerald to significantly reduce production of glider trucks.

Pruitt announced his intention to eliminate the 300-unit limit a year ago, but it was slowed down by the White House.

The EPA's former administrator, Scott Pruitt, broke with his predecessors' common practices of publishing a calendar online and announcing travel and speeches in advance.

However, it should be noted that, per The Washington Post, a September 11 letter to then-EPA chief Pruitt urged him not to revisit the rule, contending that glider kits "should not be used for circumventing purchase of now certified powertrains".

Now, President Donald Trump has the chance to nominate someone ethically upstanding to run the EPA into irrelevance.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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