|TELL THE EPA: WE NEED THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE CLEAN CAR STANDARDS|
Click here to submit a Comment on the Clean Cars and Light-duty Truck Standard
Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2022-0829
Clean Car Standards for light duty vehicles (LDVs) are a critical tool to fight climate change, reduce dangerous air pollution and protect public health nationwide. The EPA’s proposed new standards would boost the electric passenger vehicle market share, but they would not be strong enough for the U.S. to achieve its commitment under the Paris Agreement to reduce CO2 emissions 50% by 2030.
Join us to urge the EPA to adopt the California Clean Cars rule that requires automakers to end production of internal combustion engine cars and to sell only zero emission LDVs by 2035. Moving quickly to this zero emission standard will enable the U.S. to meet its international commitments, make air in our cities safe to breathe and protect millions of children from suffering a life with asthma.
|TELL THE EPA: WE NEED THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE EMISSIONS STANDARDS FOR HEAVY-DUTY VEHICLES|
Click here to submit a Comment on the Heavy-Duty Vehicles Standard
Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2022–0985
The transportation sector is the leading source of climate pollution in the US and, among the many types of on-road vehicles, heavy-duty vehicles like trucks and buses (HDVs) produce 28% of the total CO2 emissions. Not only does tailpipe pollution contribute to the climate crisis, it also harms the health of our families and communities. Exposure to pollution from cars and trucks can cause asthma, lung infections, heart attacks, stroke, premature death, low birth weight, and cancer.
For cars and other light duty vehicles, EV technology has brought on a transition away from internal combustion engines. But zero emissions power trains are not yet commercially available for all HDVs; today only vans, delivery vehicles, shuttles, buses, school buses, garbage trucks, and similar categories have ZE technology. To scale up the transition where it’s possible, we need 100% of all new HDVs in these categories to be zero emissions by 2030. The EPA has proposed new standards for HDVs but they do not go far enough, falling short of what’s needed for the U.S. to achieve its commitment under the Paris Agreement to reduce CO2 emissions 50% by 2030.
Join our letter campaign urging the EPA to set a zero emission standard for every HDV category where ZE technology is now available; by 2030 every new HDV in those categories must use the technology. Moving quickly to this zero emission standard will enable the U.S. to meet its international commitments, make the air in our cities safe to breathe, and protect millions of children from suffering a life with asthma.
|TELL THE EPA: ELDERS SUPPORT STRENGTHENING THE MERCURY AND AIR TOXICS STANDARDS|
Click here to submit a Comment on the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard
Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0794
EPA has announced an important proposal to strengthen limits on mercury and other toxic pollution from coal-fired power plants. There is no safe level of mercury consumption. Mercury is a dangerous and deadly neurotoxin that has a wide range of health implications including permanently damaging babies’ brains, and causing cardiovascular problems, including an increased risk of fatal heart attacks in adults.
Mercury protections made over the past decade have had significant public health benefits, but coal plants continue to emit dangerous quantities of hazardous pollution. Stronger safeguards like those proposed by EPA are needed to protect the health of families across the country.
Tell EPA strengthening the mercury standards is critical for our families and communities, especially those impacted by pollution from coal plants. Our grandchildren and all children deserve to grow up breathing clean air.