Henry Waxman (D-CA) fired off a letter to EPA Administrator
Christine Whitman June 7 seeking more information about an Office
of Management and Budget/EPA plan he says would weaken EPA's
diesel engine emission rules.
recently upheld by the D.C. Circuit Court, say manufacturers
of diesel-fueled truck engines must reduce emissions of particulate
matter by 90 percent and nitrogen oxides by 95 percent, beginning
to Waxman, the proposal under consideration by EPA and OMB would
allow truck engine manufacturers to exceed emissions limits
by obtaining emission credits from off-road vehicles.
decision to weaken the diesel rule would be a shocking reversal,"
Waxman wrote. "There is no need to undermine the rule reducing
emissions from diesel trucks in order to achieve emission reductions
from non-road vehicles."
also said it's improper for OMB, an arm of the Executive Branch,
to "collaborate" in developing the new proposal. "Congress
granted rulemaking authority under the Clean Air Act to the
Administrator of EPA, which is an independent regulatory agency,
not to the Director of OMB, which is an agency under direct
White House control," he said.
-- Dick Larsen, senior editor