Environment & Energy Report

EPA Backpedals on Glider Truck Policy Issued on Pruitt’s Last Day

July 27, 2018, 2:41 PM

The EPA backed off a decision made in Scott Pruitt’s final hours at the agency to give trucks with rebuilt engines a break from meeting Obama-era air pollution limits.

Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, in a July 26 memo, withdrew the policy to not enforce a 2016 regulation placing a cap on production and sale of glider kits.

Glider kits are new truck chassis and cab assemblies built for used engines and transmissions. EPA data shows the trucks emit at least dozens of times more air pollutants than new trucks.

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