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Lawsuit claims EPA vehicle rules favor electrification unfairly


A coalition, including the National Corn Growers Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, alongside the American Petroleum Institute, has filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The case, lodged in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, disputes the EPA's regulations on heavy-duty vehicle emissions slated for model years 2027-2032.

The plaintiffs contend that the new standards disproportionately emphasize the transition to electric vehicles, undermining the utility and economic viability of low-carbon fuels such as ethanol. They assert that such a strategy exceeds the EPA’s legislative authority by dictating specific technological solutions rather than setting broad environmental targets.

"The EPA’s current policy could force a shift that neglects established, effective climate solutions such as ethanol," said Harold Wolle, President of the National Corn Growers Association. He voiced concerns about the implications for both the environment and the agricultural sector, which heavily depends on diesel-powered transport for efficiency and reliability.

Zippy Duvall, President of the American Farm Bureau Federation, further emphasized the operational challenges posed by electric vehicles, particularly in transporting livestock.

"The push for electric trucks doesn’t just affect the vehicles' range—it also impacts the living conditions of transported animals, potentially extending the duration they spend confined during long journeys," Duvall noted.

The lawsuit reflects a significant pushback against what is perceived as a regulatory overreach by the EPA, highlighting a critical conversation about the intersection of environmental policy and industry needs in the context of climate change mitigation strategies.

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