Statement on the EPA's newly-released Tier 3 Standards
March 3, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement in response to EPA’s announcement that it has finalized its Tier 3 Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards Program.

“I am pleased that the EPA has finalized these critical standards that will require improved vehicle emissions and reduce the sulfur content of gasoline.  I was a strong advocate for the EPA’s proposed standard, which was almost identical to the one finalized today.  Currently, 30 to 45 percent of Americans face near constant exposure to traffic-related air pollutants like nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, and cancer-causing agents such as benzene.

“The Tier 3 Standards will provide the equivalent emissions reduction of removing 33 million cars from American roads, vastly improving our air quality.  By 2030, the Standards will result in almost 20,000 fewer asthma attacks, 1.4 million fewer lost school and work days, and prevent up to 2,200 deaths each year – all for a cost of less than a penny per gallon.  The American people can depend on their EPA to fulfill its role of protecting public health and the environment, and I will continue to work to ensure that the EPA has the resources it needs to do its important work.”