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SEEC Praises EPA’s Rule to Protect Our Communities from Heavy-Duty Vehicle Pollution

The leaders of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), including Co-Chairs Reps. Doris Matsui, Mike Quigley, and Paul TonkoVice 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 finalization of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new pollution standards for heavy-duty vehicles, model years 2027 and beyond.

“Today, EPA released final heavy-duty vehicle standards that safeguard our communities and children from the hazardous effects of planet-warming pollution. Our heavy-duty vehicle fleet — ranging from tractor trailers and delivery trucks to refuse haulers and school buses — is an essential part of Americans' everyday life. Yet, harmful tailpipe pollution from heavy-duty vehicles contaminates the air for millions of Americans, particularly those in disadvantaged communities.

“Clean heavy-duty vehicles are critical to delivering long-lasting solutions for healthy and thriving communities across the nation. EPA’s new emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles model years 2027 and onward are expected to reduce planet-warming pollution by 1 billion metric tons by 2055, equivalent to the emissions of more than 13 million tanker trucks’ worth of gasoline. These standards also deliver $300 million in annualized health benefits from fewer premature deaths and other serious health effects. Cleaning up one of the country’s most polluting sectors is an important step forward for our environmental justice communities who shoulder the disproportionate impact of both local air pollution and the climate crisis.

“American schools, hospitals, and businesses want cleaner vehicles, and our clean heavy-duty vehicle market is ready to deliver. With the historic investments from the Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in hand, we stand by the Biden Administration in accelerating America towards a more just clean energy future.”