Dozens of Local Officials Urge EPA to Finalize Strong Clean Car and Truck Pollution Standards


Jonathon Berman,

WASHINGTON, DC – Over 66 local officials signed onto a letter delivered today to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging the agency to protect the health of their residents and fight climate change by finalizing the strongest clean car and truck vehicle emission standards before the end of 2023. 

Today is the last day of the comment period for the light-duty clean cars rule, while the heavy-duty period comment ended on June 16. Amplifying the significance of both rules to communities across the nation, the Sierra Club and partners participated in a cross-country electric vehicle relay, named the Route Zero Relay, that finished in DC last week with the “delivery” of over 130,000 public comments to the EPA for its clean cars rule. (Photos from the June 28 event can be found here.)

In response to the local officials letter, Sierra Club’s Clean Transportation for All Director Katherine García released the following statement:

“Our communities are suffering from poor air quality and worsening climate impacts–pollution from our cars and trucks is a major contributor to both. Together, these two major EPA rules can deliver massive benefits to local communities. Local leaders are prioritizing the well-being of their residents by urging the EPA to get the job done and address our enormous transportation pollution problem with strong action.”


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