WASHINGTON (Jan. 19, 2012) — Six U.S. senators have written the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asking the agency to abandon its plans to adopt strict new pollution standards for gasoline and vehicles.
Meanwhile, seven public health associations—including the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association—have written the EPA urging it to expedite adoption of the “Title III” fuel and vehicle pollution standards.
The public health groups say the proposed rules could prevent thousands of people from developing asthma, lung disease and cardiac problems. However, according to a press release from the Automotive Service Association (ASA), the senators—who were not identified by the trade group—endorse a study backed by the oil industry that predicts an increase in gasoline prices of 12 to 25 cents per gallon because of the Title III standards, as well as possible closure of some refineries with resulting job losses.
The Automotive Service Association (ASA) said it will post both letters soon on its legislative website.