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.
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.
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.