Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler has announced that the EPA will continue to enforce the federal air pollution limits for glider trucks — semi-trailer trucks reconstructed with old engines. Wheeler’s action reverses his predecessor Scott Pruitt’s final decision in office.
Environment America lauds this decision as a win for all Americans. The EPA estimates that glider trucks emit 20 to 40 times more air pollution than new trucks with modern emissions control systems. Limiting glider truck emissions means cleaner air for Americans to breath. It also means we are pumping less greenhouse gases into our atmosphere and not further exacerbating climate change.
We call on the EPA to keep this rule in place and get the focus of the agency back on the mission to protect the environment and the health of Americans.