EPA Proposes New Emission Standards
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson this week proposed new emission standards for gasoline, vehicles and gas containers. The Mobile Source Air Toxic (MSAT) proposal would set new benzene standards for gasoline, hydrocarbon emissions standards for passenger vehicles at cold temperatures, and evaporative standards for fuel containers. Once the new standards are fully implemented in 2030, they are expected to reduce emissions of mobile source air toxics annually by 350,000 tons, including 65,000 tons of benzene. The estimated annual cost for the entire proposal would be $205 million. EPA estimates annual health benefits from the particulate matter reductions of the vehicle standards to total $6 billion in 2030. The proposal also seeks to harmonize federal and California evaporative emission standards for light-duty vehicles.The proposed MSAT standards would take effect in 2011 for fuel requirements, 2010 for passenger vehicles, and 2009 for fuel containers. A 60-day comment period will begin when the proposal is published in the Federal Register.