June 23, 2015

Cardin Applauds Proposal to Cut Emissions by Medium and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), issued the following response after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a joint proposal to establish the next phase of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles:

“Maryland is a leader in protecting clean air, sadly air pollution has no regard for state borders. That’s why today’s proposal from the EPA and NHSTA to limit emission from certain engines and vehicles is a step towards protecting all Americans from air pollution. This proposal is anchored by a strong desire to protect our environment and boost our economy. By proposing standards that can be achieved by a wide range of actions and technologies, this proposal has the potential to cut carbon emissions by 1 billion metric tons, save $170 billion in fuel costs and increase our energy independence by saving 1.8 billion barrels over the lifetime of the vehicles sold under the program. I applaud the EPA and NHTSA for recognizing that our economic and environmental health are intrinsically linked. I look forward to the results of the 60 day comment period and urge all stake holders to provide detailed and productive feedback.”