Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Next EPA Chief Must Clean Up Pruitt's Mess

Next EPA Chief Must Clean Up Pruitt's Mess

The move was roundly opposed by environmental and conventional trucking groups, including the American Lung Association, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), United Parcel Service and the Volvo Group.

The Environmental Protection Agency said it will not enforce for 2018 and 2019 a 300-unit production cap put in place on the manufacture of glider kits that do not comply with Phase 2 GHG emission rules.

The glider truck concept began so the engines of relatively new trucks that had been involved in accidents could be transferred to new truck bodies.

In July 2017, after Fitzgerald Glider Kits petitioned EPA to do so, the agency announced it meant to revisit the Phase 2 glider kit provisions.

Glider production had increased from 1,000 in 2010 to 10,000 in 2015, and Obama's EPA estimated that if those trends continued, the trucks would account for half of all truck-caused nitrogen oxide pollution by 2030. First, EPA is considering an extension of the compliance date, which would set a new effective date of December 31, 2019.

Andrew Wheeler became the acting EPA administrator Monday following Pruitt's departure.

Gov. Pete Ricketts said in a statement that Pruitt helped decrease red tape that had previously harmed Nebraska businesses.

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One year's worth of truck sales was estimated to release 13 times as much nitrogen oxide as all of the Volkswagen diesel cars with fraudulent emissions controls, a scheme that resulted in a criminal case against the company and more than $4 billion in fines.

Pruitt also moved to reverse the cap after Fitzgerald donated tens of thousands of dollars to Republican Representative for Tennessee Diane Black, who is also running for governor in the state, and Black asked Pruitt to act on the reversal, the New York Times reported.

While experts anticipate that the EPA will continue to implement the Trump administration's.

Pruitt announced his intention to eliminate the 300-unit limit previous year, but it was slowed down by the White House.

The agency has until July 17 to respond to the committee's request.

Had Pruitt stuck to cozying up to executives for polluters regulated by his agency, he'd probably still be running the EPA.

Now, President Donald Trump has the chance to nominate someone ethically upstanding to run the EPA into irrelevance.

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