Congressman Doug LaMalfa. File photo

LaMalfa leads letter to EPA slamming new truck rule

Congressmen Doug LaMalfa and Chris Pappas led 30 members of Congress in sending a letter urging the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider the disastrous ramifications of their new “Phase 3” Heavy Duty Truck Rule.

The proposed rule would completely upend the heavy-duty truck market without adequately considering the affordability of future heavy-duty trucks and whether our nation’s commercial charging infrastructure will be prepared to support the significant increase in demand generated by this rule.

“Environmentalist bureaucrats cannot force their ideology onto business owners and upend an entire industry,” LaMalfa said. “If business owners want to buy an electric vehicle and can afford it, it’s well within their right to purchase one. Small businesses and mom-and-pop trucking companies should not be regulated to death on the whims of executive agencies.”

“As we work to adopt newer, safer, and cleaner trucks that reduce our dependence on foreign energy, it’s crucial that the EPA thoroughly considers the potential impacts of a rule change and that the concerns of businesses are addressed,” said Pappas. “We must ensure that rule changes are given with sufficient notice, changes are attainable for businesses, and that our nation’s charging infrastructure can meet the demand. This will support our businesses and boost America’s Main Street economy as we work to safeguard the environment.”

On April 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule entitled, “Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) Standards for Heavy-Duty Vehicles – Phase 3,” (Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OAR-2022-0985) which would reopen standards from the Phase 2 GHG rule for Model Year (MY) 2027 that were already set in 2016 and aggressively reduce GHG emissions in MY 2028-32 new heavy-duty vehicles.