AQMD GOING TO HIGH COURT REGULATORS TO PRESS FOR UPHOLDING FLEET-VEHICLE EMISSIONS RULES.Byline: Kerry Cavanaugh Staff Writer
Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, air regulators will ask the U.S. Supreme Court today to uphold rules aimed at cutting emissions from private and public fleets of diesel- and gasoline-fueled vehicles - a case that could impact the nation's efforts to reduce pollution.
The rules target toxic diesel exhaust from vehicles that frequent residential neighborhoods, such as transit and school buses, trash trucks, airport shuttles An airport shuttle is a shuttle bus that transports airline passengers to and from a commercial airport. Passengers wait at the shuttle stop for the bus to arrive, and at appointed areas where shuttle pick-up and drop-off are allowed at the airport. and taxis, street sweepers and utility trucks. Operators with more than 15 vehicles have to switch to cleaner fuels or lower-emission models when expanding or replacing vehicles.
Engine manufacturers sued the South Coast Air Quality Management District The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), formed in 1976, is the air pollution agency responsible mainly for regulating stationary sources of air pollution for most of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside County, and all of Orange county. in 2000, arguing that only the federal government can set new limits for commercial engines. They also claim they would have to develop new models for Los Angeles-area vehicles.
``By putting a purchasing ban on a number of different types of vehicles that otherwise meet (state) and (federal) emission standards Emission standards are requirements that set specific limits to the amount of pollutants that can be released into the environment. Many emission standards focus on regulating pollutants released by automobiles (motor cars) and other powered vehicles but they can also regulate , the South Coast Air Quality Management District is essentially setting up their own emissions standards,'' which is barred by the Clean Air Act, said Joe Suchecki, director of public affairs Those public information, command information, and community relations activities directed toward both the external and internal publics with interest in the Department of Defense. Also called PA. See also command information; community relations; public information. for the Engine Manufacturers Association.
Petroleum makers joined the lawsuit, saying the rules act essentially to ban the use of diesel fuel.
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AQMD Action Quake Map Depot officials said the rules don't require manufacturers to develop new engines, but order fleet operators to choose the cleanest engines on the market.
The U.S. Department of Justice sided with the engine manufacturers last year and filed briefs opposing the AQMD argument, further confounding confounding
when the effects of two, or more, processes on results cannot be separated, the results are said to be confounded, a cause of bias in disease studies.
confounding factor air regulators who see themselves battling the federal government for the right to cut air pollution at home.
The AQMD case has national implications, said Bill Becker, executive director of the State and Territorial Air Pollution Program Administrators Association of Local Air Pollution Control Officers in Washington, D.C. The group has filed a brief supporting the AQMD.
``If we lose the case, it will remove major regulatory tools that states and localities around the country now have to clean up the air,'' Becker said.
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Here in metropolitan Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. , the rules have prompted the phase-out of diesel equipment and the purchase of 3,000 alternative-fuel buses, 943 cleaner trash trucks and 3,430 low-emission passenger cars.
The district has offered $100 million in incentives for vehicle replacement and has given exemptions to school districts and taxi companies when they couldn't afford to buy cleaner models and industrial operators when they couldn't find cleaner versions of highly specialized vehicles.
Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746