WASHINGTON – Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and his Massachusetts counterpart, Martha Coakley, this month joined a letter urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to adopt a newly proposed rule for reducing air pollution from passenger cars and trucks.
Also joining in the letter were the attorneys general of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia, and the corporation counsels of Chicago and New York City.
The coalition is urging the EPA to fully adopt the Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards rule, proposed by the agency in March, which is estimated to reduce motor-vehicle emissions of smog-producing pollution by 80 percent and soot pollution by 70 percent. The coalition letter urges the EPA to finalize this critically important rule by the end of 2013.
“EPA’s proposed rule has enormous potential to clean up pollution from cars and trucks, which is causing harmful ground-level ozone,” Coakley said in a news release.
Pollution reductions achieved by the standards would have the same effect as taking 33 million of today’s vehicles off the road during the 2017 to 2025 period of the rule’s applicability, according to the letter. •