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SEEC Rejects Republican Assault on EPA Air Pollution Standards for New Heavy-Duty Vehicles

The leaders of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), including Co-Chairs Reps. Doris Matsui, Mike Quigley, and Paul Tonko, Vice Chairs Reps. Don Beyer, Matt Cartwright, Sean Casten, Chellie Pingree, and Katie Porter, and Chair Emeritus Rep. Gerry Connolly, released the following statement in response to the passage of S.J. Res. 11, a Republican-led resolution to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) pollution standards for new heavy-duty vehicles.

“We commend the EPA’s heroic effort in cleaning up America’s highly polluting heavy-duty trucking fleet. Many of our districts span busy transportation and trucking corridors, exposing our constituents to pollutants and air toxins that increase the risk of asthma attacks, lung cancer, stroke, and premature deaths in our communities. After more than 20 years without updates, the Biden Administration’s EPA finalized the strongest-ever national clean air standards that will improve the health and well-being of 72 million impacted Americans living, working, and going to school near truck freight routes.”

“In stark contrast, S.J. Res. 11 weakens emissions standards and is expected to cost our communities billions of dollars in overall benefits. Republicans, in their misguided attempt to overturn this EPA rule, are willing to go against the robust and comprehensive scientific evidence that air pollution is bad for our well-being. Clean air is a human right, and this rule represents a sorely overdue update to clean air standards for our families and communities.”