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March 05, 2014

EPA Sets Cleaner Fuel and Car Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on March 3 finalized emission standards for vehicles and gasoline that will significantly reduce pollution while enabling efficiency improvements in the cars and trucks. The fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards covering model year vehicles from 2012-2025 are projected to save U.S. families more than $1.7 trillion in fuel costs.

The standards establish a 70% tighter particulate matter standard and virtually eliminate fuel vapor emissions. These standards will also reduce vehicle emissions of toxic air pollutants, such as benzene, by up to 30%. Additionally, new final fuel standards will reduce sulfur levels in gasoline by more than 60% in 2017. Reducing sulfur in gasoline enables vehicle emission control technologies to perform more efficiently.

The final standards will work together with California’s clean cars and fuels program to create a harmonized nationwide vehicle emissions program that enables automakers to sell the same vehicles in all 50 states. The standards are designed to be implemented over the same timeframe as the next phase of EPA’s national program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks beginning in model year 2017. See the EPA news release.