NACAA Testifies at EPA Hearing on Gliders

December 4, 2017 - NACAA Executive Director Miles Keogh presented NACAA’s testimony at EPA’s public hearing in Washington, DC on the agency’s proposal to repeal the glider requirements adopted in October 2016 as part of the Phase 2 truck rule.  The testimony focused on EPA’s request in its NPRM for comments “on the relative expected emissions impacts if the regulatory requirements at issue here were to be repealed or were to be left on place.”  In addition to highlighting the specific estimated substantial emission reductions to occur if the glider requirements remain intact, NACAA noted in its testimony that if the requirements are repealed, “those emissions will be allowed to go into the air to the detriment of clean air and public health across America.”  The Association further noted that every state in the nation will experience more polluting emissions if the glider requirements are repealed and that those areas seeking to reduce emissions to attain and maintain health-based national ambient air quality standards may be forced to seek reductions elsewhere.  This may mean more regulation and higher costs for stationary sources, possibly power plants, manufacturing facilities and small businesses, among others.  In addition, in some areas, there are no alternatives for making up the lost reductions at any cost.  Also testifying at the hearing were NACAA members Wayne Nastri, Executive Officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District; Steve Cliff, Deputy Executive Officer of the California Air Resources Board; and Paul Farrell, Assistant Director of Air Planning for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.