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Report: EPA Broke Law by Ignoring Kids’ Health To Roll Back Rules on Dirty Engines in Big Trucks

The Trump Environmental Protection Agency violated federal regulations in order to speed up repeal of pollution rules for old, dirty diesel engines in new freight trucks, instructing agency officials to ignore the impacts on children’s health. An investigation by the EPA’s acting inspector general found that former agency chief Scott Pruitt directed staff to roll back the Obama-era rules “as quickly as possible,” ordering them to skip explicit requirements under the Clean Air Act to consider the risks to children’s health. The proposed repeal would exempt so-called glider trucks – new big rigs that are fitted with old dirty diesel engines – from new pollution standards. As those standards were developed, EPA scientists found that these super-polluting diesel engines can emit up to 55 times more soot than newer trucks.  Read more.....



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