Groups sue EPA over emissions rule

by | Jun 14, 2024 | 5 Ag Stories, News

The American Petroleum Institute teamed up with ag groups to sue the Environmental Protection Agency over its light-duty and medium-duty vehicle emissions standards for model years 2027-2032. While API is the lead petitioner, The Fence Post says the National Corn Growers Association and the American Farm Bureau Federation are co-petitioners. “By approving tailpipe standards that focus exclusively on electric vehicles, EPA ignored the benefits corn ethanol plays in reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” says NCGA President Harold Wolle. “It may take decades to get enough electric vehicles on the road to significantly lower emissions.” AFB President Zippy Duvall says, “Impractical standards for light-duty and medium-duty trucks will drive up the cost of farm vehicles and force farmers to rely on a charging network that doesn’t exist in rural areas.” The new rule requires 68 percent of new passenger vehicles and 43 percent of new medium-duty trucks and vans to be electric by 2032.