New Standards Finalized For Tougher Pollution

The EPA's new rule is the first update to the standards in 21 years. It's goal is to cut down smog and soot from heavy-duty trucks.

A plan has been finalized for tougher pollution standards.

On Tuesday, the Biden administration confirmed the Environmental Protection Agency’s tougher pollution standards for heavy-duty vehicles such as large trucks, delivery vans, and buses starting with model year 2027.

The EPA’s new rule is the first update to the standards in 21 years. It’s goal is to cut down smog and soot from heavy-duty trucks by making it a requirement for them to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides by almost 50% by 2045.

The new standard will be 80% stronger than the one that currently stands and is expected to result in up to 2,900 fewer premature deaths, 18 thousand fewer cases of childhood asthma and 6,700 fewer hospital admissions.

It is also estimated to lead up to 78 thousand fewer lost days of work, 1.1 million fewer lost school days for kids and an overall net benefit of $29 billion.