The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration have decided to cut off public comment on the federal fuel-efficiency regulations and denied a request by automakers to extend the comment period.
The decision sets up a showdown between federal regulators and automakers that argue the current regulations are too stringent given the prevailing drop in fuel prices and the shift in consumer demand towards larger, less fuel-efficient vehicles, such as trucks and sport utility vehicles.
Floods are the most common and widespread of all natural disasters, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Because of their speed and unpredictability, flash floods are the most dangerous kind — especially for motorists.
Flash floods occur when excessive water fills normally dry creeks or river beds along with currently flowing creeks and rivers, causing rapid rises of water in a short amount of time.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly finalized standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that will improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution, while bolstering energy security and spurring manufacturing innovation.
The final phase two standards were called for by President Obama's Climate Action Plan, and respond to the President's directive in early 2014 to develop new standards that run into the next decade.
NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA) issued strong criticism of the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Phase 2 Standards.
The rule announced on August 16 significantly increases engine stringency levels for over-the-road segments and for vocational applications. NAFA asserted the stringency of these changes jeopardizes fleet managers’ budgets and ability to replace vehicles.
"The parameters of the Phase 2 rules do not take into account the realities of fleet operations,” said NAFA’s Chief Executive Officer Phillip E. Russo, CAE. ”The federal government has overestimated the impact of the new standards by assuming a more robust and fuller adoption of the standards by fleets over a shorter period of time."
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