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ATA Seek to Head-Off Tougher Diesel Particulate Matter Rules

August 17, 2004

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) organization announced on August 13 that it has joined 11 other trade groups requesting a meeting with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials to try to head off possible tightening of air quality standards for fine particulate matter (PM) in the agency’s planned review of a 1997 regulation, reports Transport Topics.The American Trucking Associations (ATA) organization announced on August 13 that it has joined 11 other trade groups requesting a meeting with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials to try to head off possible tightening of air quality standards for fine particulate matter (PM) in the agency’s planned review of a 1997 regulation, reports Transport Topics.Stricter soot regulations could mean trucks would have to be retrofitted with particulate matter filters, said Glen Kedzie, environmental counsel for ATA. Kedzie pointed out that retrofitting older trucks with PM filters could cost $8,000 to $10,000 per truck.In a July 20 letter to Jeff Holmstead, EPA assistant administrator for air and radiation, the group said EPA had not updated health studies it used to set the regulations, and the associations were concerned EPA would implement stricter standards without considering new studies.
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