The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just announced a new initiative to crack down on automobile pollution. This move is a bit surprising given that the EPA has offered a stream of regulatory rollbacks in its efforts to protect the environment. However, that all seems to be changing as the organization now has its sights set on regulating heavy-duty trucks and diesel engines to curb pollution.
Details of the “Cleaner Trucks Initiative” are currently unknown and should be unveiled in a formal proposal in early 2020. In particular, the program aims to reduce highway pollution from diesel engines as they’re a significant source of nitrogen oxides. These chemicals are linked to many respiratory issues and react with sunlight and other chemicals to form smog.
California has, historically, had an issue with smog generation. Currently, California, President Trump and the EPA are engaged in multiple programs to reduce overall emissions, and potentially new standards could cut state emissions by 90%. Although nitrogen oxide emissions have dropped roughly 40% from 2007 to 2017, the EPA wants to see further progress.
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