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API, OOIDA sue EPA over truck emisisons rule

June 20, 2024
The nation’s largest oil and gas industry association, the American Petroleum Institute, and co-petitioners filed a lawsuit against EPA’s heavy-duty vehicle emissions standards

The American Petroleum Institute and multiple co-petitioners, including the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s latest heavy-duty vehicle emissions standards June 18 in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Today, we are standing up for consumers who rely on trucks to deliver the goods they use every single day,” Ryan Meyers, API SVP and general counsel, said in a news release. “The EPA is forcing a switch to technology that simply does not presently exist for these kinds of vehicles—and even if it were someday possible, it will almost certainly have consequences for your average American.”

API is the largest oil trade group in the U.S., representing more than 500 corporations in the petroleum industry. The Institute includes industry heavy hitters Exxon Mobil and Chevron.

“Small-business truckers make up 96% of trucking and could be regulated out of existence if the EPA’s unworkable heavy-duty rule comes into effect,” said Todd Spencer, OOIDA president. “This rule would devastate the reliability of America’s supply chain and ultimately increase costs for consumers. Mom-and-pop trucking businesses would be suffocated by the sheer cost and operational challenges of effectively mandating zero-emission trucks, but this administration appears intent on forcing through its deluge of misguided environmental mandates.”

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Editor Jeremy Wolfe joined the FleetOwner team in February 2024. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with majors in English and Philosophy. He previously served as Editor for Endeavor Business Media's Water Group publications.