EPA Sets Updated Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized new emission and fuel standards for cars on Monday, March 3rd.  The program, Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards, will begin in 2017 and will apply to passenger cars, light-duty trucks, medium-duty passenger vehicles and some heavy-duty vehicles.  These standards will consider the vehicle and its fuel as an integrated system. “These …

Obama Announces Stricter Fuel Standards for Trucks

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Last Tuesday, President Obama announced that the next phase of fuel efficiency standards for medium and heavy trucks will begin development.  The President made the announcement in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, at a distribution center for the grocery store chain, Safeway. “The goal we are setting is ambitious,” Obama said of his plans. “But these are areas where ambition has worked …

2014 Renewable Fuel Standards

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new 2014 renewable fuel standards earlier this month.  The EPA is looking for public comment on the standards which address the levels of renewable fuels to be blended into gasoline and diesel.  These new standards are required under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The standard will set requirements for the annual …

EPA Issues Final 2013 Percentage Standards for Renewable Fuel

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Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the final 2013 percentage standards for certain fuel categories.  The fuels are part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program established by the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). The rule will affect four fuel categories: biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuels, cellulosic biofuels, and total renewable fuel. The final 2013 volumes and …