The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized emission standards for cars and gasoline that will reduce pollution while enabling efficiency improvements in the vehicles we drive. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says the standards are a win for public health, the environment and consumer pocketbooks. Along with cutting harmful soot, smog and toxic emissions from cars and trucks – the fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards covering model year vehicles from 2012 to 2025 are projected to save American families more than 1.7-trillion dollars in fuel costs. An EPA press release states the standards for smog-forming volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides are reduced by 80-percent; a 70-percent tighter particulate matter standard is established; and fuel vapor emissions are virtually eliminated. According to EPA – the final fuel standards will reduce gasoline sulfur levels by more than 60-percent. The sulfur standards will cost less than a penny per gallon of gasoline on average once the standards are fully in place. The vehicle standards will have an average cost of about 72-dollars per vehicle in 2025.
The final standards are based on input from a broad range of groups – including state and local governments, auto manufacturers, fuel distributors, renewable fuels providers, health and environmental organizations, consumer groups, labor groups and private citizens.