Los Angeles Times, SCAQMD rip engine maker, automaker appeal of diesel fleet rules – Around The World Of Diesel South Coast Air Quality Management District – Brief Article
Los Angeles Times, SCAQMD Rip Engine Maker, Automaker Appeal of Diesel Fleet Rules: Engine Manufacturers Association, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, American Petroleum Institute, American Trucking Associations and U.S. Department of Justice together ask U.S. Supreme Court to overturn South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD, metro Los Angeles) rules banning the purchase of new diesel fleet vehicles (see Diesel Fuel News 9/2/03, p7). SCAQMD exec Barry Wallerstein claims that the air-district rules “do not set emissions standards–they simply ask fleet operators to choose from among the cleanest engines that are commercially available.” But industry argues the SCAQMD scheme will result in a hodge-podge of vehicle and fuel standards that would make it nearly impossible to meet federal and local emissions standards. But in an editorial parroting liberal “green” group attacks on President George Bush environmental policies this month, Los Angeles Times claims that the industry/Bush Administration appeal aims at “killing local rules that have cut toxic diesel pollution and fostered improved natural gas engine technology … Diesel exhaust is a known carcinogen. The rules and a state subsidy that helps to defray the cost of natural gas vehicles have put nearly 7,000 cleaner new vehicles on the road.” Unmentioned by the Times is the fact that nearly all of these CNG vehicles lack oxidation catalysts, which according to CARB-supervised test data makes their emissions more “toxic” than clean-diesels equipped with diesel particulate filters (DPFs). Another irony: Since taxpayers pay huge subsidies for CNG, this cost isn’t “defrayed” as the Times claims, either. The public pays the higher cost–in full.
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