Acting EPA chief 'puts a premium on transparency'

Christopher Davidson
July 10, 2018

At the start of 2017, small manufacturers were limited to the number of gliders they built in their biggest production year between 2010 and 2014.

From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.

Glider trucks are a combination of new truck bodies with older engines.

In July 2017, after Fitzgerald Glider Kits petitioned EPA to do so, the agency announced it meant to revisit the Phase 2 glider kit provisions. An estimated 10,000 glider trucks were sold nationally in 2015 - about 4 per cent of new heavy-duty truck sales - and production could soon return to that level. After reviewing comments on that proposal submitted by stakeholders, the agency determined additional evaluation is needed before a final decision is made, said Molly Block, an EPA spokeswoman. First, EPA is considering an extension of the compliance date, which would set a new effective date of December 31, 2019.

The Nebraska Sierra Club is among the environmental groups that welcomed the resignation. They noted that the effort to reduce air pollution caused by diesel trucks had been embraced by Democratic and Republican administrations for almost two decades.

Andrew Wheeler became the acting EPA administrator Monday following Pruitt's departure.

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"I'm glad to see Pruitt go", Jepsen said.

Pruitt also moved to reverse the cap after Fitzgerald donated tens of thousands of dollars to Republican Representative for Tennessee Diane Black, who is also running for governor in the state, and Black asked Pruitt to act on the reversal, the New York Times reported. "In 2018, small manufacturers are limited to no more than 300 gliders" by the rule.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is now out, brought down by a cascade of personal indiscretions.

The agency has until July 17 to respond to the committee's request.

Some critics opposed Pruitt's confirmation for his positions on climate change, but he received support from many Southern Baptist leaders, including SBTS President Albert Mohler; Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; Anthony Jordan, former executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma; and Sen.

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