EPA Maintains Strong Clean Car Standards

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency announced today it is keeping in place the clean car pollution standards it set in 2012 for automobile model years 2022 to 2025.  

The following is a statement by Luke Tonachel, director of the Clean Vehicles and Fuels Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“These standards are working. They’re protecting our health and climate from dangerous pollution, saving billions of gallons of fuel. Keeping strong standards will save car owners an average of nearly $4000 over the life of the vehicle. The government’s robust technical assessment shows that automakers can meet these standards through 2025, so there’s no reason to weaken standards. That would cost consumers more, increase our dependence on oil and put Americans at greater risk from a changing climate.”

A progress report by EPA and two other agencies last July confirmed that automakers are on track to meet the standards at a reasonable cost.

For more on clean car standards:

See this blog by NRDC’s Luke Tonachel on EPA’s Final Determination: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/luke-tonachel/epa-keeps-clean-car-standards-strong-2025

Draft Technical Assessment Report (July 2016)

Blog by NRDC’s Luke Tonachel on the Technical Assessment Report

Blog by NRDC’s Roland Hwang on the Technical Assessment Report

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