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Semi-truck

Food Companies, Retailers Urge Stricter Big Rig Emissions Rules

The EPA and US Department of Transportation’s proposed rules to cut carbon pollution from heavy-duty trucks should be stricter, according to a dozen major food and retail companies. In a letter to the agencies about the standards, executives from General Mills, Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia Stonyfield Farms and nine other … Read more »

DOT Smart City Challenge

Smart City Challenge to Award $50M to Transportation System of the Future

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has launched a Smart City Challenge to find the transportation system of the future. The winning city will be awarded up to $40 million from the DOT to implement data-driven ideas to make transportation safer, easier, more reliable and more climate and environmentally friendly. Paul … Read more »

US Fuel Economy Hits All-Time High, CO2 Emissions Record Low

US Fuel Economy Hits All-Time High, CO2 Emissions Record Low

New vehicles achieved an all-time-high fuel economy in 2013, according to an EPA report. Model year 2013 vehicles achieved an average of 24.1 miles per gallon — a 0.5 mpg increase over the previous year and an increase of nearly 5 mpg since 2004. Fuel economy has now increased in … Read more »

Intertek Offering Crude Oil Corrosion Testing

Testing, quality assurance and certification firm Intertek is now offering UN-compliant corrosion testing as required by a recent emergency order issued by the Department of Transportation mandating the proper classification and testing of crude oil offered for transportation in the US. The US DOT released the emergency order in February. It requires the … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: SCOTUS Hearing, Oil Train Safety, GHG Reporting Rule

The Obama administration’s climate agenda faces its first Supreme Court test today, Reuters reports. The court will consider whether the EPA’s regulation of vehicle greenhouse gas emissions automatically triggers a requirement that large stationary sources such as power plants also control their emissions, Dorsey & Whitney partner and former Department of … Read more »

Fuel Cell Bus

DOT Awards $13.6m to Advance Transit Fuel Cell Technology

The Department of Transportation has announced $13.6 million in grants to advance the commercialization of American-made fuel cell buses for the transit industry. Eight projects were selected to receive a share of the funds through the Federal Transit Administration’s National Fuel Cell Bus Program. The program has provided nearly $90 … Read more »