Mayor Morse Sponsors US Conference of Mayors Resolution for Cleaner Gas and Vehicle Standards Text Size

At the U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Mayor Morse cosponsored a successfully adopted resolution supporting the Cleaner Gasoline and Vehicles Standards – also known as Tier 3 – proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in March. Mayor Morse, joined by 16 other mayors across the country, sponsored and helped pass this resolution supporting standards to clean up harmful pollution from vehicles and gasoline. The standards are expected to have significant health benefits and will prevent 2,500 early deaths each year due to lower ozone and particulate pollution by the year 2030.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official non-partisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. Mayors contribute to the development of national policy by serving on one or more of the conference’s standing committees which recommend policy positions every year at the Annual Meeting they believe should be adopted by the organization. The policy positions that are adopted are then distributed to the President and Congress.

Mayor Morse cosponsored the resolution to support the Cleaner Gasoline and Vehicles Standards, which already has support from a broad range of stakeholders, including automakers, emissions control manufacturers, public health groups, labor organizations and environmental groups.

Passenger vehicles are major sources of ozone and particle pollution and pose serious threats to public health. This pollution triggers asthma attacks, worsens lung and heart health and can even lead to early death. Children, the elderly and those with chronic lung and heart health are most vulnerable to traffic-related pollution. Emerging research shows that those of who live, work and go to school near major roadways are at even greater risk to the impacts of traffic pollution.

If implemented, the standards will do the following:

  • Ensure that all new vehicles emit lower emissions than current vehicles do, and reduce allowable levels of sulfur in gasoline which in turn will lower the pollution from all vehicles (new and old) that run on the cleaner fuel. Using lower sulfur gasoline in cars currently on the road will reduce as much pollution as taking 33 million cars off the road.
  • Continue to reduce nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds, all of which are harmful pollutants themselves and important precursors of ozone pollution and particle pollution.

The health benefits of the standards can be achieved for a minimal cost. It is estimated that cleaner gasoline will cost about 1 cent per gallon more than current standards, according to the EPA and a recent report by the American Lung Association

Posted on July 1, 2013 by