‘Standards Are a Win For Public Health, a Win For Our Environment,’
The Regulation Covers Passenger Cars and Sulfur Content of Gasoline
The U.S. EPA, citing “extensive input from the public and a broad range of stakeholders, including public health groups, auto manufacturers, refiners, and states,” is trumpeting new final emission standards for cars and gasoline it says “will significantly reduce harmful pollution and prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses, while also enabling efficiency improvements in the cars and trucks we drive.
“These cleaner fuel and car standards are an important component of the administration’s national program for clean cars and trucks, which also include historic fuel efficiency standards that are saving new vehicle owners at the gas pump, EPA says. “Once fully in place, the standards will help avoid up to 2,000 premature deaths per year and 50,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children.”
“These standards are a win for public health, a win for our environment, and a win for our pocketbooks,” EPA administrator Gina McCarthy said in a Monday morning release. “We’re continuing to build on the Obama Administration’s broader clean fuels and vehicles efforts that cut carbon pollution, clean the air we breathe, and save families money at the pump,” she said.
The standards “will quickly and effectively” reduce soot, smog and toxic emissions from cars and trucks, EPA says, while related actions result in average fuel savings of more than $8,000 by 2025 over a vehicle’s lifetime.
Money to be Saved as Health Improves
“The fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards covering model year vehicles from 2012-2025 are projected to save American families more than $1.7 trillion in fuel costs.”
The final fuel standards will reduce gasoline sulfur levels by more than 60% – down from 30 parts per million now to 10 ppm in 2017. By 2018, EPA estimates, the cleaner fuels and cars program will annually prevent between 225 and 610 premature deaths, while significantly reducing ambient concentrations of ozone.
Less than a Penny per Gallon, $72 per Vehicle
By 2030, EPA estimates that up to 2,000 premature deaths, 50,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children, 2,200 hospital admissions and asthma-related emergency room visits, and 1.4 million lost school days, work days and days when activities would be restricted due to air pollution. Total health-related benefits in 2030 will be between $6.7 and $19 billion annually. The final standards are expected to provide up to $13 worth of health benefits for every dollar spent to meet them.
The sulfur standards will cost less than a penny per gallon of gasoline on average once the standards are fully in place, EPA says, while the vehicle standards will have an average cost of about $72 per vehicle in 2025.
Source: U.S. EPA