White House rejects emissions rule delay

| 8/5/2002

The White House July 31 turned down a request by Speaker of the House Rep. J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and other legislators to delay tougher diesel engine emission rules slated to take effect Oct. 1 2002, the Washington Post reported.

The legislators and trucking industry groups say the engines have not been properly road-tested, are more expensive to purchase and operate and possibly are not as durable as engines currently in service.

To date, Detroit Diesel Corp. and Caterpillar Inc. are facing millions of dollars in fines for failing to meet the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deadline. Meanwhile, EPA has certified engines from Cummins Inc. and Mack Trucks Inc. Caterpillar is based in Hastert's home state of Illinois.