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David J. Hayes: Court Ruling Stops Unlawful, Environmentally Damaging Give-Away to Glider Truck Manufacturers

July 19, 2018
Contact: Christopher Gray

Washington, D.C.- David J. Hayes, executive director of the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center at NYU School of Law and former Interior deputy secretary in the Obama and Clinton Administrations, released the following statement after yesterday's emergency stay by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit halting the EPA's decision to not enforce a cap on super-polluting trucks in 2018 and 2019:

"Scott Pruitt used his last day in office to give so-called 'glider' trucks a free pass from tailpipe emission standards. We should all be grateful that the appellate court stopped this swampy corporate give-away in its tracks four days after 13 state attorneys general signed a letter requesting the EPA to immediately withdraw this environmentally damaging action. 

"In their letter, the attorneys general called the EPA's decision an 'abdication of its statutory responsibility' and noted that, based on its own data, 'the detrimental effect of EPA's [action] on public health and the environment will be dramatic.' The attorneys general continue to welcome the opportunity to 'have their day in court' and permanently stop the EPA's environmentally damaging decision." 


The D.C. Circuit court's ruling was the result of a joint motion filed by the Environmental Defense Fund, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the Sierra Club.

ABOUT THE STATE ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT CENTER:  The State Energy & Environmental Impact Center is a non-partisan Center at the NYU School of Law that is dedicated to helping state attorneys general fight against regulatory rollbacks and advance clean energy, climate change, and environmental values and protections. It was launched in August 2017 with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies. For more information, visit http://www.law.nyu.edu/centers/state-impact.