“Clean Air Agency” sued in California over new emission rules
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is being sued over new truck emission standards that were approved a year ago.
Last week, the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) filed a lawsuit against CARB. It says the agency is not giving manufacturers enough time to meet the new emission standards.
The federal Clean Air Act states that engine and heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers must be given a full four model years before new emissions standards are passed.
This four-year lead time model has been adopted by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The lawsuit alleges that when CARB passed its engine and heavy-duty vehicle rulebook at the end of December 2021, it gave manufacturers only two years before the January 1, 2024 compliance date.
The lawsuit seeks to reinstate the four-year deadline for heavy-duty vehicle and engine manufacturers.
EMA President Jed R. Mandel said: “Truck and engine manufacturers pride themselves on the fact that modern engines reduce emissions to near zero and we are committed to making even cleaner products, but CARB must give manufacturers at least four years of lead time as required. by law. Let’s hope that this issue will be resolved quickly so that manufacturers have the lead time and regulatory certainty needed to develop and manufacture the products our customers and our economy depend on.”