The clean trucks rule

There’s a little known loophole that allows for certain trucks to skirt the rules on tailpipe emissions. So-called “glider trucks” are essentially new trucks outfitted with old engines. And glider trucks had been held to an older standard for emissions. Think smog.

Under the Obama administration, the EPA cracked down on glider trucks, forcing them to comply with the same rules that apply with new trucks. But the EPA’s new leadership is seeking the reverse that ruling. Here’s what the Union of Concerned Scientists had to say about it.

Today, I wrote the EPA to ask them to reconsider their dangerous decision. Airborne pollutants are a significant risk factor for a number of diseases including respiratory illness. I joined the Environmental Defense Fund in its mobilization here.

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