Trump administration asks for 90-day stay on trailer makers' reg challenge

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line associate editor | 4/21/2017

The Trump administration is asking a federal appeals court to hold off on proceeding with a legal challenge from truck trailer manufacturers and other groups to the next phase of greenhouse gas emissions standards.

The motion filed April 20 asks the court to hold the case in abeyance for 90 days in order to give the Environmental Protection Agency time to review a request for reconsideration filed by the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association.

According to the filing, TTMA filed a letter to EPA and the U.S. Department of Transportation asking for a stay on the portions of the regulation that apply to trailers. The group has previously argued that EPA and other federal agencies don’t have the authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate trailer designs or aerodynamics since they are not “motor vehicles.” The group also cites a March 28 executive order signed by President Trump that requires a review of actions relating to or arising from Obama’s June 2013 Climate Action Plan.

The emissions policy, which was finalized in the waning days of the Obama administration, calls for trucks to achieve a 9 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2027. The vehicle and engine performance standards will cover model years 2018-2027. Estimates indicate the cost increase of a trailer could be as much as $1,400.

In its filing the EPA states that the agencies could decide to conduct further rulemaking or other actions that would address the concerns.

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