While a decision by several states to adopt
tougher emissions standards is sending the auto manufacturing industry into
hysterics, truck makers appear to have dodged the bullet this time around.
According to The
New York Times, New York’s State Environmental Board – along with
regulatory agencies in 10 other states – voted Nov. 9 to implement new
standards that mirror the California Air Resources Board’s strict Low Emission
New York originally signed on with the Low
Emission Vehicle, or LEV, program in the early ’90s to reduce nitrogen oxides
and volatile organic compound pollutants. However, this new move tightens
restrictions even further on greenhouse gas vehicle emissions, including,
carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and hydrofluorocarbons, according to
information from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.
“The regulations approved today will further
our commitment to reducing greenhouse gases and continue the progress being
made to create a cleaner environment and healthier communities,” Department of
Environmental Conservation Acting Commissioner Denise M. Sheehan said in a
However, Karen Caesar, a spokesperson for
CARB, told Land Line that these
regulations are aimed exclusively at passenger vehicle and medium-duty truck
manufacturers, and will not have an effect on heavy-duty truck makers’ current
or 2007 emissions requirements.
By adopting the regulatory changes, the DEC
estimates they will reduce light- and medium-duty greenhouse gas emissions by
approximately 26 million tons by 2030.