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Next Round of Greenhouse Gas Vehicle Rules Coming Soon


Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has said the Obama administration will soon announce its plans for a new rulemaking on greenhouse gas (GHG) limits for vehicles beyond model years 2016, Inside EPA reports.

From Inside EPA (subscription only):
“We are doing that right now,” LaHood said March 15 when asked whether EPA and the Transportation Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are working on a combined GHG vehicle rule for model years 2017 and beyond. “We’ll be making some announcements very soon,” LaHood told reporters following a speech he gave at an American Public Transportation Association conference in Washington.

EPA and NHTSA March 9 sent for White House Office of Management & Budget review their final rule that would establish a landmark combined rulemaking setting first-time vehicle GHG emission limits and stricter corporate average fuel economy limits.

The rule, which the administration intends to issue later this month, would apply to passenger cars, light-duty trucks and medium-duty passenger vehicles for model years 2012 to 2016. The rule will cut carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 950 million metric tons and 1.8 billion barrels of oil over the lifetime of the affected vehicles, according to EPA.


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