California Debates Ending Sale of Polluting Big Rigs by 2036

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The California Air Resources Board (CARB) hears public comment today on its proposed Advanced Clean Fleets rules, which aim to regulate pollution from fleets of medium and heavy-duty vehicles. 

East Peterson-Trujillo, clean vehicles campaigner with Public Citizen, issued the following statement as part of their testimony:  

“The board must bring polluting trucks into the future and achieve environmental justice by adopting the ACF Accelerated ZEV Transition Alternative that hits 100% electric truck sales by 2036.

“Our neighborhoods are full of heavy-duty vehicles that spew dangerous emissions and are major contributors to “diesel death zones,” areas where asthma rates and cancer risks are drastically elevated due to automobile pollution. This pollution causes tens of thousands of premature deaths nationwide each year — especially in communities of color.

“I urge you to adopt a plan that phases out internal combustion engines by 2036 and regulates fleets of Class 7 and 8 tractors starting at 10 trucks.”

Find the full testimony here.