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EPA Holds Hearings to Gather Public Comments on Vehicle and Gasoline Standards

Release Date: 04/23/2013
Contact Information: Julia P. Valentine (News media only), valentine.julia@epa.gov, 202.564.0496, 202.564.4355

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold two public hearings in April on the Tier 3 proposed rulemaking aimed at addressing the impacts of motor vehicles on air quality and public health. The program proposes to set new vehicle emissions standards and lower the sulfur content of gasoline beginning in 2017.

The proposed vehicle standards would reduce both tailpipe and evaporative emissions from passenger cars, light-duty trucks, medium-duty passenger vehicles, and some heavy-duty vehicles. By 2030, EPA estimates that the proposed cleaner fuels and cars program will annually prevent up to 2,400 premature deaths, 23,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children, 3,200 hospital admissions and asthma-related emergency room visits, and 1.8 million lost school days, work days and days when activities would be restricted due to air pollution. Total health-related benefits in 2030 will be between $8 and $23 billion annually.

WHAT: Public hearings on proposed Tier 3 vehicle emissions and fuel standards

WHEN:
April 24 and 29, 2013
Each hearing will begin at 10 a.m. local time

WHERE:

April 24: Philadelphia, PA
The Sonesta Hotel—Philadelphia
1800 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

April 29: Chicago, IL
The Doubletree—Magnificent Mile
300 E. Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60611

The public may register to speak at either hearing by contacting JoNell Iffland, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ), at (734) 214-4454 or Iffland.jonell@epa.gov.

EPA also will accept written comments on the proposed standards before June 13, 2013. All comments should be identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0135 and submitted by one of the following methods:

E-mail:
A-and-R-Docket@epa.gov

Mail:
Environmental Protection Agency Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center (6102T) 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20460
Hand Delivery: EPA West building EPA Docket Center (Room 3340) 1301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

More information on proposed Tier 3 rulemaking can be found at
http://www.epa.gov/otaq/tier3.htm