Canada to adopt EPA-like truck emission regs

| 4/5/2002

Canadian Environmental Minister David Anderson announced April 4 the government's intention to regulate SUV and diesel truck emissions that impose requirements similar to those in place in the United States.

"Truck fuels and engine emissions have been regulated on a progressively more stringent basis in North America since the 1970's," said David Bradley, CEO, the Canadian Trucking Alliance. "The new regulations are simply the next step in that process, though perhaps the most spectacular."

Bradley said new fuels and engines will likely cost more than current engines and fuels, at least in the beginning. There are many unanswered questions concerning the impact of the new rules on fuel efficiency and maintenance costs, he added.

"As long as carriers on both sides of the border are required to operate under the same standards, the impact will be equitable," Bradley said. He urged the government in its next budget to consider tax incentives for companies that invest in the new technologies and fuels. He also urged stricter emission standards for diesel locomotive engines.

The rules apply to emissions of nitrogen oxides with the goal of cutting emissions by 95 to 90 percent by the time 20007 models are introduced to the marketplace. Diesel truck engines will employ technological add-ons such as cooled exhaust gas re-circulation (EGR); particulate traps; Nox absorbers or other technologies under development.

Both the United States and Canada have called for a 97 percent reduction in the sulfur content of trick diesel fuel from 500 parts per million to 15 parts per million by 2006.

--Dick Larsen