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June 3, 2016 – Eleven state and local environmental agencies, led by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) in California, formally petitioned EPA to adopt a significantly stricter nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission limit for heavy-duty trucks – 0.02 grams per brake horsepower-hour (g/bhp-hr), down from the current 0.2 g/bhp-hr. In their “,” the group cites the huge contribution of heavy-duty truck NOx emissions to elevated levels of ozone as well as other pollution problems, including particulate matter, visibility impairment and eutrophication of water bodies. In the words of Wayne Nastri, SCAQMD’s Acting Executive Officer, “In order to meet national clean air goals, we need the federal government to adopt more stringent standards for the No. 1 source of smog-forming emissions in our region—heavy-duty trucks …. A tougher federal truck emission standard will benefit air quality not only in the Southland but also in many areas across the country that currently fail to meet clean air standards.” Among the specific actions the signatories ask EPA to take are the following: 1) Develop a rulemaking for an ultra-low NOx exhaust emission standard of 0.02 g/bhp-hr for onroad heavy-duty engines with a proposal by July 2017 and a final rule by December 31, 2017; 2) require ultra-low NOx engines to meet the 0.02-g/bhp-hr standard by January 1, 2022; 3) if the ultra-low NOx standard is not feasible for certain classes or vocations of vehicles by January 1, 2022, allow for a phase in to the new standard with an interim standard for some engines of not greater than 0.05 g/bhp-hr and with full implementation of the 0.02-g/bhp-hr standard to occur by January 1, 2024; and 4) encourage early development and deployment of the ultra-low NOx standard by developing guidelines under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act to provide incentives to truck owners to upgrade their engines. Joining South Coast as co-petitioners are Akron (Ohio) Regional Air Quality Management District; Bay Area (California) Air Quality Management District; Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Division of Air Quality; New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services; New York City Department of Environmental Protection; Pima County (Arizona) Department of Environmental Quality; Puget Sound (Washington) Clean Air Agency; Washington State Department of Ecology, Air Quality Program; and Washoe County (Nevada) Health District, Air Quality Management. The petitioners also provided various documents and other materials in a set of .
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August 2, 2017 – NACAA has submitted on EPA’s Draft FY 2018-2019 Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) National Program Manager Guidance (June 28, 2017) and the Draft National Program Manager (NPM) Guidance for FY 2018-2019 for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (June 29, 2017). The draft guidance contains information on EPA’s priorities and activities (including state and local air grantees) for the next two fiscal years. NACAA expressed concern about the proposed cuts to state and local air grants contained in the Administration’s FY 2018 budget proposal and noted that such reductions could pose significant hardships on state and local agencies and their efforts to protect public health and welfare. NACAA emphasized the need for providing state and local agencies with additional resources or, at the very least, maintaining current funding levels. Additionally, NACAA provided specific comments on elements of the proposed document, including the fact that it does not provide details about EPA’s activities for the period covered by the guidance. Additional information about the draft guidance is available .
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December 20, 2016 – The federal government, California and automakers Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Porsche AG and related entities (VW), have agreed to a partial settlement related to VW’s alleged use of emission test defeat devices on 83,000 model year (MY) 2009-2016 3.0-liter diesel vehicles. This is separate from an earlier and larger partial settlement agreement pertaining to 2.0-liter diesel vehicles. In this most recent case, for older vehicles (MY 2009-2012) VW will be required to buy back or terminate leases for the cars or offer an emissions modification, if VW proposes one and the regulators approve it. For newer vehicles (MY 2014-2016), if VW can make the vehicles compliant with the standards, it will be required to repair them and will not have to buy them back. Additionally, VW will provide $225 million to fund projects that will mitigate the past and future emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) resulting from the affected vehicles. This is in addition to the $2.7 billion that VW is required to place into a mitigation trust fund as a result of the settlement on the 2.0-liter vehicles. These additional funds will be placed into the same mitigation trust fund as the proceeds from the settlement from the 2.0-liter vehicles, with states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and tribes eligible for specified amounts (listed in the proposed partial settlement). The expectation is that the funds will be used for the same types of projects identified as eligible for funding under the 2.0-liter vehicle settlement. There is a separate but related consent decree for California that was also announced, which includes special provisions for California, including Zero Emission Vehicle provisions and investments. The proposed partial settlement agreement was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and will be subject to a public comment period for 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register. For further information: (see last page for state mitigation fund allocations), and .
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December 8-10, 2016 – By a vote of 326-96 in the House and 63-36 in the Senate, on December 8 and 9, respectively, , a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will keep the federal government in operation until April 28, 2017 at FY 2016 levels of funding. President Obama signed the measure into law on December 10, 2016. As reported in the Washington Update of December 5-9, 2016, the previous CR, adopted on September 28, 2016, provided funding at FY 2016 levels through December 9, 2016. The CR provides continued funding at the rate of $228.2 million for state and local air quality grants, which was the amount appropriated in FY 2016, and does not include the controversial riders or provisions related to air pollution control programs that were included in the Congressional bills considered this past summer.