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Aluminum Association releases statement on Trump administration's draft rule on emissions regulation

Friday, August 3, 2018  
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation announced their proposed rulemaking for the fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards for light-duty vehicles model years 2022-2025.

In response to the release on August 2, 2018 of proposed fuel economy and emissions standards, Aluminum Association President and CEO, Heidi Brock released a statement.

“We are reviewing the draft rule in detail and continue to seek an outcome that maintains the competitiveness of U.S.-based suppliers, provides certainty to our automotive customers and ultimately helps produce better performing cars and trucks that consumers want to buy. As to weight and safety, leading auto safety experts agree, size—not weight—is the more influential safety determinant since bigger vehicles provide occupants more crush space in a crash."

The statement continues, “[National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's] assertions on lightweighting and safety in the draft rule are not supported by NHTSA’s own data, which confirm weight can be reduced safely in more than 95 percent of light trucks and passenger cars to boost MPG, while maintaining or increasing safety.”

The Aluminum Association supports fuel economy standards that continue to increase year-over-year, supports fuel economy standards that continue to increase year-over-year, a negotiated outcome between California and the federal government maintaining one national program for fuel standards and continued regulatory certainty to encourage continued investment by automakers and suppliers in the United States, according to Ms. Brock.

Read the full statement here.