July 11, 1995 in Nation/World

Strict Diesel Pollution Limits

Los Angeles Times

Striking an unprecedented deal that will help clean up the air in the nation’s smoggiest cities, the Clinton administration and engine manufacturers have agreed to set a stringent new pollution standard for diesel trucks and buses.

The agreement between industry and environmental regulators is considered a breakthrough in the tumultuous politics of air pollution.

The diesel industry is promising it will overcome technological hurdles to create dramatically cleaner-burning engines by 2004.

And the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has vowed to impose the costly pollution mandate in a political climate when such regulations are unpopular.

The partnership is unprecedented in that no major pollution standard has ever been adopted for motor vehicles without a vigorous fight from the companies that make them.

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