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Northeast Reaches Major Milestone to Reduce Emissions and Raise Revenue for Transportation, but Much More Work Remains

, Senior vehicles engineer

A collaboration of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic jurisdictions just signed the final Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  for the Transportation and Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P) This program sets a much-needed limit on emissions from burning dirty transportation fuels in the region and brings in revenue for the participating jurisdictions.

Exactly two years ago, a group of nine states and the District of Columbia announced their intent to design a new landmark clean transportation program that would set a cap on carbon dioxide emissions from gasoline and diesel. This was to be remembered as a ground-breaking moment for transportation in the region, since for the first time Northeast and Mid-Atlantic jurisdictions started working together to address emissions from transportation in a concrete way.

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TCI Health Study Shows Benefits, But More Needed to Address Inequitable Air Pollution

, Senior vehicles engineer

Communities across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. could see substantial health improvements from just modest changes in air quality, according to a new preliminary study released by a team of researchers from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston University School of Public Health and the University of North Carolina. By investing in clean transportation solutions such as enhanced transit, safe and bikeable streets, and vehicle electrification, states in the region would not only experience lower greenhouse gas emissions, but also a drop in local air pollution. At a time when clean air is desperately needed, the health benefits of the proposed program are a step in the right direction, but we will need significant complementary policies to bring us into a truly equitable clean transportation future.
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California Moves Forward to Address Pollution from Heavy-Duty Trucks

, senior vehicles analyst

The San Joaquin Valley and Southern California continue to have the worst air quality in country, in terms of both smog and particulate pollution (soot). Next Thursday, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will vote a proposal to reduce smog-forming and soot emissions from heavy-duty vehicles sold in the state over the next decade. This latest proposal is a critical part of cleaning up the trucking sector until that broader transformation takes place. Read more >

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Old Laws, New Science, and Protecting Public Health: The Trump Administration’s Decision on Particulate Pollution Standards

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

In June, the public comment period closed on the EPA’s draft rule on the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter. Now we wait, as the agency reviews the more than 66,000 public comments submitted and Trump leadership at EPA rushes to finalize the rule by its own arbitrary deadline of the end of 2020. Here’s a rundown of the state of play, and where I and the Union of Concerned Scientists stand on the nation’s protections against one of the most common and harmful air pollutants in the US. Read more >

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A Flawed Process and a Harmful Outcome: My Comments on the EPA Particulate Pollution Standards

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

On Thursday, May 21, I will deliver the below oral comments to the US Environmental Protection Agency, speaking against Administrator Wheeler’s proposed rule to maintain the current National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM). Read more >

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