ATA Urges EPA to Reconsider Diesel Emissions Model

Alexandria, Va. -- The American Trucking Associations (ATA) recently submitted formal comments opposing the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Environmental Protection Agency' (EPA) scientific model for calculating the emissions benefits from certain diesel fuel parameters.

The ATA has argued that the EPA's efforts to produce a diesel fuel emissions model may encourage other states to depart from the national fuel standard and develop their own fuel formulations, which can be devastating to the economic health of the trucking industry, according to the ATA.

Arguing that the current model is scientifically inaccurate and inadequate for regulatory purposes, the ATA has asked the EPA to develop a new model based on tests of current engines and future engine technologies such as exhaust gas recirculation.