WASHINGTON DC – Today, Senator Cory Booker and Congressman Nanette Diaz Barragán led 48 of their colleagues to encourage the Environmental Protection Agency to update technology standards for cargo-related pollution sources to address the high levels of air pollution in communities surrounding transportation facilities of freight and freight transport corridors of our country.
In a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan, Booker, Barragán and their colleagues also requested information on the EPA’s regulatory timeline for updating cargo-related emissions standards, technology assessments for sources of mobile and non-mobile freight and the opportunities available to streamline rule-making to update several emissions standards by 2025..
“We appreciate the EPA’s demonstrated commitment to tackling environmental racism and advancing equal access to clean air, land and water. We especially applaud the actions taken by the EPA to set pollutant and greenhouse gas emission standards for medium and heavy trucks. We encourage you to expand these efforts to include other sources of freight, including locomotives, ocean going vessels and airplanes ”, members of Congress wrote.
In the 10 to 20 years since the EPA updated the emission standards for mobile and non-mobile cargo-related emission sources, new screening technologies have become available, including zero-emission options. and electric. There are significant opportunities to reduce toxic air pollution in environmental justice communities while addressing the climate crisis.
Senator Booker and Congresswoman Barragán were joined on the letter by Senators Richard Durbin (Illinois), Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut), Edward J. Markey (Mass.), Christopher Murphy (Connecticut), Alex Padilla (California) , Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) And Bernard Sanders (Vt.), And Congressmen Alan Lowenthal (Calif.), Adriano Espaillat (NY), Emmanuel Cleaver (Mo .), Yvette Clarke (NY), Bobby Rush (Illinois), Suzanne Bonamici (Oregon), Grace Napolitano (California), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), Earl Blumenauer (Oregon), Doris Matsui (California), Barbara Lee (Calif .),.), Karen Bass (California), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Jimmy Gomez (California), Sean Casten (Illinois), Jared Huffman (California), Frederica Wilson (Florida), Jesús “Chuy” García (Ill .), Linda Sánchez (California), Adam Smith (Wash.), Raúl Grijalva (Arizona), Donald Payne (NJ), Mike Quigley (Ill.), Henry C. “Hank” Johnson (Ga.), Ro Khanna ( VS alifornia), Lisa Blunt Rochester (Del.), Ocasio-Cortez (NY) Ted Lieu (California), Brenda Lawrence (Mi ch.), Veronica Escobar (Texas), Mark DeSaulnier (Calif.), Betty McCollum (Minn.) , Janice Schakowsky (Illinois), Judy Chu (Calif.), A. Donald McEachin (Va.), Madeleine Dean (Pennsylvania), Jerry McNerney (California), Jamaal Bowman, Ed.D. (NY) and Marie Newman (Illinois).
The letter was also supported by the following environmental and health organizations: Earthjustice, GreenLatinos, Pacific Environment, Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, American Lung Association, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments.
A PDF of the letter is here.