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EPA Releases Final GHG Phase 2 Rules

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final Phase 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) rules governing heavy-duty trucks and engines.

The rule will apply to four different categories of vehicles and equipment: combination tractors, trailers used in combination with those tractors, heavy-duty pickup trucks and vans, and vocational vehicles.

An analysis released by the National Highway Transportation Safety Board (NHTSB) estimated that the Phase 2 rules will save the trucking industry as a whole $7.8 billion to $8.5 billion per year, mostly due to improved fuel economy.

However, those savings may take time; Phase 1 changes won’t be fully implemented until 2017.

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