REGULATIONS: ECOLOGY VS. ECONOMY

In February 1994, Sacramento and the Los Angeles area received a 1,600-page Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA plan is a clean air act that addresses many environmental concerns--and one of interest to this publication--heavy truck engine emissions. The FIP mandates that all new trucks sold in California starting with 1999 models must meet oxides of nitrogen (NOx) levels that are 60 percent lower than the upcoming 1998 standards. EPA officials comment that only alternative fuels or redesigned diesel engines will be able to meet those guidelines. The FIP would mandate tighter emissions control standards for older vehicles as well. As environmentalists worry about the fragile ecological system, California businessmen worry about the sagging economic system. Switching to other modes of transportation is not an option as the EPA is adopting new air and rail emission standards as well. Opponents of FIP have until November 15, 1994, to develop air pollution control plans to submit to the EPA.

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  • Accession Number: 00663113
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 1994 12:00AM