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The continued reduction of mobile source pollution of all kinds hinges upon successful development of equipment not now on the market. All truck owners and operators should observe operational practices that lead to the best environment possible with presently existing equipment.
Maintenance procedures should reflect a sincere determination to control emissions of smoke and gases. Practical, reliable and safe devices and equipment that will contribute to pollutant reduction should be accepted. Employee training to reflect environmentally considerate behavior should be emphasized.
TCA supports sound federal laws, regulation and enforcement directed to these objectives. TCA supports federal preemption to any state laws that are not consistent with Federal Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
The cost of environmental actions, including the cleaning up of toxic dumps, should be linked as closely as possible to activities that give rise to them, and carriers should specifically be excluded from liability. Clean up costs to cover the share of bankrupted or unidentifiable contributors to a given site should be from general revenues rather than imposing special taxes on a select few.
A. Clean Air
Health-based ambient air quality standards are necessary to provide a clean, healthful environment for all Americans. TCA supports the goal of clean air and calls for amendments in the Clean Air Act to achieve this national objective.
The best way to reduce the contribution heavy-duty trucks make toward air pollution is to set emission standards in a manner that allows for, and encourages, improvements in productivity and fuel efficiency. The standards established for pollutant emissions should be technologically feasible. TCA supports the consideration of legislation that would offer tax credits or other incentives to carrier companies who chose to adopt clean air technologies.
Any additional emission reductions required from heavy-duty vehicles must be established on an "as needed" basis and not through arbitrary and counterproductive specific emission standards within the Clean Air Act.
TCA supports efforts to control noise emissions from all forms of transportation. Federal preemption is the cost-effective means of controlling noise from mobile sources engaged in commerce. The industry supports national uniformity of treatment for the trucking industry in noise emissions standards and enforcement procedures.
Noise reduction requirements should be cost-effective and strike a balance between essential reductions in noise and operating efficiencies. Standards for in-use vehicles should be based on new vehicle standards, but should allow for normal wear.
Pollution of our nation's water system and supply should be controlled. TCA supports efforts to meet environmental goals without undue costs to the trucking industry.
TCA supports reasonable regulations to prevent and control leaking underground petroleum storage tanks. Reasonable regulations would be those that do not require exotic, expensive and/or unproven tank monitoring systems.
Input to legislative or regulatory bodies concerning the development of regulations for storage of fuel underground should stress that gasoline and diesel fuels are extremely valuable products to the trucking industry and are treated as such by careful monitoring of fuel and of the condition of tanks.
TCA opposes the imposition of fees on motor carriers for any special funding for clean-up of leaking storage tanks. The cost of clean-up should be imposed on the owner(s) (past or present) of any leaking underground storage tank and not on other parties who have not contributed to the problem. The majority of such tanks were never used by motor carriers.
Amended March 1, 2008