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NJ Approves Zero Emission Vehicles Regulation

NJ Approves Zero Emission Vehicles Regulation New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) announced last week that the state will move forward with adopting California’s Advanced Clean Cars Rule II. Beginning in 2027, the regulation will require vehicle manufacturers to produce fleets comprised of a certain percentage of electric vehicles, with that percentage growing each year.…

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EPA Excludes MVAC Fluid Recovery from Final Ruling on Hydrofluorocarbons

EPA Excludes MVAC Fluid Recovery from Final Ruling on Hydrofluorocarbons Yesterday, the EPA released its final rulemaking on the Phasedown of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs): Management of Certain Hydrofluorocarbons and Substitutes under Section (h) of the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act of 2020. Notably for automotive repairers, the regulation excludes any mention of the recovery/recycling/reclamation of MVAC…

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U.S. House Passes Bill to Prevent Combustion Engine Bans

U.S. House Passes Bill to Prevent Combustion Engine Bans Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would block states from limiting sales of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. The Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act (H.R. 1435) passed 222-190, with eight Democrats voting in favor. The bill is not expected to progress…

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EPA Clarifies Agricultural Equipment Repair Rights

EPA Clarifies Agricultural Equipment Repair Rights The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has responded to a request from the National Farmers Union (NFU) for clarity on their right to repair agricultural equipment. In its reply letter to the NFU, the EPA confirmed that the Clean Air Act of 1990 prohibits agricultural equipment manufacturers from…

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EPA Official Testifies before House subcommittee on Proposed Emissions Regulations

EPA Official Testifies before House subcommittee on Proposed Emissions Regulations The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Energy Policy, and Regulatory Affairs heard testimony earlier today from Joseph Goffman, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator in the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation (OAR). Members of the Republican majority expressed concerns with…

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US House Republicans Send Letter to EPA Opposing Proposed Emissions Regulation

US House Republicans Send Letter to EPA Opposing Proposed Emissions Regulation Today, the EPA received a letter signed by 151 Republican members of the U.S. House. The letter urged the EPA to rescind its proposed rule that would create more stringent tail pipe emissions regulations for light and medium-heavy vehicles. If enacted, the rule would…

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California Approves Rule Phasing Out Gas-Powered Trucks and Buses

California Approves Rule Phasing Out Gas-Powered Trucks and Buses The California Air Resources Board (CARB) on Friday approved new regulations that will eventually remove all gas-powered trucks and buses from the state’s roads. In keeping with California’s zero-emission goals, the Advanced Clean Fleets rule will end sales of medium and heavy-duty combustion trucks in California…

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EPA Proposes Rules that would Significantly Lower Emissions

EPA Proposes Rules that would Significantly Lower Emissions The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed rules that would significantly lower automotive emissions. Click here to read the EPA’s official press release on the proposal. Key provisions include: Fleet average of no more than 82 grams of carbon/mile (light duty cars and trucks and…

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EPA Restores California Greenhouse Gas Emissions Waiver

EPA Restores California Greenhouse Gas Emissions Waiver The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) restored the waiver allowing California the authority to enforce more stringent greenhouse gas (GHG) restrictions. This waiver was previously revoked under the Trump administration. This waiver also allows other states to follow in California’s lead and enforce stricter GHG emissions restrictions in…

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U.S. Postal Service Estimates EV Fleet Will Cost $3.3 Billion

U.S. Postal Service Estimates EV Fleet Will Cost $3.3 Billion The U.S. Postal Service released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement last month that analyzes a variety of proposed solutions for new purchases in the postal service fleet. The agency estimates that it would cost $3.3 billion or more to transition the postal service fleet to…

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