March 20, 2024

PennFuture celebrates another step forward in cleaning up the transportation sector with EPA’s finalization of Light-Duty Vehicle Standards

The new emissions standards come after 2 months of public comment.

Pennsylvania, March 20, 2024 - Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized new pollution standards for cars and trucks, which will be vital to cutting pollution and improving U.S. air quality. PennFuture applauds the EPA and Biden administration for continuing to create a more sustainable transportation sector — which accounts for 29% of climate pollution produced in the United States. 

The EPA’s light-duty vehicle tailpipe pollution standards rule is a step that will protect Pennsylvanians from the most catastrophic impacts of climate change as well as the health impacts of tailpipe pollution — particularly those living or working near highways and transportation hubs where this toxic pollution is concentrated. 

President  Biden’s and EPA’s new Cleaner Cars standards will eliminate 7.3 billion metric tons of climate pollution, the equivalent of eliminating all tailpipe pollution for four years. In addition, the new standards are likely to accelerate the transition to low-emission vehicles, which can prevent 89,000 premature deaths and 2.2 million asthma attacks. We applaud the EPA for issuing the strongest standards ever to cut air and climate pollution from the transportation sector. 


About PennFuture: 

Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) is a member-supported, statewide environmental advocacy nonprofit and watchdog fighting against potential threats to PA's clean air, pure water, and healthy climate. Since 1998, PennFuture has combined legislative advocacy and legal enforcement at the local, state, and federal levels, educational outreach, and civic engagement support for just and equitable environmental outcomes that improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians. 

PennFuture has stood at the forefront of major environmental milestones in Pennsylvania as a bold and vigilant defender of communities against pollution and environmentally harmful policies.

We have offices across Pennsylvania, including Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Erie, and the Poconos.