How to comment on federal proposal for truck emissions, fuel economy

By David Tanner, Land Line senior editor | Monday, August 17, 2015

Tuesday, Aug. 18, marks the second of two scheduled public hearings on a proposal by two federal agencies to increase fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in heavy-duty commercial trucks. OOIDA is urging truckers to make comments on the proposal even if they can’t make it to the hearing in Los Angeles. The deadline for comments is Sept. 17.

Late last week, OOIDA issued a Call To Action on the proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, urging members to get involved.

The proposal calls for equipment manufacturers to increase fuel economy and reduce carbon emissions by about 23 percent by model year 2027. The proposal is known as Greenhouse Gas Phase 2, or GHG Phase 2, and it goes well beyond a Phase 1 final rule that affects model years 2014 through 2018.

To achieve their desired environmental gains, the EPA and NHTSA are proposing to regulate trailers and tires as part of the overall mix for commercial vehicles. They are also proposing to regulate glider kits for the first time.

The agencies are providing a menu of sorts for manufacturers to choose from using various components and technologies – some of which are unproven or could add to an ever-increasing cost of new equipment. The agencies predict that their proposal could add $10,000 to $13,000 to the sticker price for a new truck by 2027.

EPA and NHTSA are asking for stakeholder input before they push toward a possible final rule.

The agencies are hosting a public hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Westin Hotel, 333 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, Calif., starting at 9 a.m. local time.

OOIDA will be represented at the hearing and connecting with truckers throughout the process. Information on how to comment appears below.

Truckers can learn more about what they’re commenting on by reading Land Line Magazine’s primer online and in the August/September issue. OOIDA also has resources available at FightingForTruckers.com.

The EPA and NHTSA have published more than 2,100 pages of documents involved with their proposal including a series of fact sheets. Click here and read some if you just can’t get enough.

Time is ticking on the comment period, but it is important to note that GHG Phase 2 is not a final rule yet. Although OOIDA has asked the agencies to extend the comment period, so far that has not been granted.

There are a few ways to comment. Since it is a joint proposal, there are two docket numbers – one for EPA and one for NHTSA.

For EPA, refer to Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2014-0827 when making comments.

File online at regulations.gov; by email to a-and-r-docket@epa.gov; or by mail to EPA at Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail code: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460.

For NHTSA, refer to Docket ID No. NHTSA-2014-0132.

File online at regulations.gov, or by mail to NHTSA at Docket Management Facility, M–30, U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building, Ground Floor, Rm. W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.

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