Description: Petition seeking reconsideration of application of greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty engines and vehicles to "gliders" (i.e., certain types of rebuilt vehicles).
Petition for Reconsideration of Application of the Final Rule Entitled “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2 Final Rule” to Gliders
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 11/16/2017 Federal Register Notice Download Proposal published to repeal emission standards for gliders. EPA Proposed to Repeal Emission Standards for “Glider” Vehicles, Engines, and Kits. On November 16, 2017, EPA published a proposal to repeal greenhouse gas emissions standards and other requirements for heavy-duty glider vehicles, glider engines, and glider kits. EPA promulgated the standards, which apply to medium- and heavy-duty engines and vehicles, in October 2016; in July 2017, EPA received a petition for reconsideration of the standards’ application to gliders, which EPA describes as a “truck that utilizes a previously owned powertrain (including the engine, the transmission, and usually the rear axle) but which has new body parts.” EPA proposed a new interpretation of the Clean Air Act pursuant to which EPA would lack authority to issue the standards because glider vehicles would not constitute “new motor vehicles,” glider engines would not constitute “new motor vehicle engines,” and glider kits would not be treated as “incomplete” new motor vehicles. 07/10/2017 Petition for Reconsideration Download Petition for reconsideration submitted. Citing Trump Executive Order, Companies Asked EPA to Reconsider Application of Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards to “Gliders”. Three companies submitted a petition for reconsideration of the application of EPA’s greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty engines and vehicles to “gliders,” which the petition describes as “medium- and heavy-duty trucks that are assembled by combining certain new truck parts (that together constitute a ‘glider’ kit) with the refurbished powertrain—the engine, the transmission, and typically the rear axle—of an older truck.” The companies asserted that application of the standards to glider kits, glider vehicles, and rebuilt engines based on their date of assembly rather than on the age of the engine was “sudden and onerous” and would have a “devastating impact” on the glider industry and force small business to buy more expensive new vehicles. The companies argued that the Clean Air Act did not authorize EPA to regulate gliders, that EPA’s prior decision to regulate gliders was based on unsupported assumptions rather than data, and that reconsideration was warranted based on President Trump’s Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth.