The Complicated Nature of Diesel Emission Control Policies
This paper examines diesel emissions and how the California Air Resource Board's Heavy Duty Truck Rule attempts to deal with the resulting environmental concerns and problems.
# 147283 | 1,250 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 |
Published on Mar 09, 2011 in Environmental Studies (Economics and Policy) , Environmental Studies (Air Pollution) , Environmental Studies (Urban Issues)
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This paper examines the California Air Resource Board's Heavy Duty Truck Rule which is an attempt to control diesel emissions by trucks in the State of California. The paper examines the requirements of the rule and it's ability to adapt to changing situations and various haulage fleet sizes. The paper contends that the present rule enables the economic operation of vehicle fleets in a manner that is both economical and environmentally acceptable. The paper also contends that the CARB rule provides greater incentives to lower diesel emissions than legislating the use of low sulfur content fuels.
From the Paper:"Diesel engines are the power behind many facets of today's economy - they are used to transport people and goods by truck, train, and ship, to reap agricultural benefit from the land, and for many other processes that are important to modern human existence. While these machines are beneficial to contemporary society, they also bring along harmful side effects. Diesel engines are notorious for their high NOx and PM emissions, as well as other criteria pollutants that are harmful to humans and spur the formation of ozone in the troposphere. The California Air Resource Board's Heavy Duty Truck Rule seeks to greatly mitigate many of these effects through a thoroughly executed command and control policy enforcement. Although alternatives to this plan exist, such as fuel content regulation, their positive effects bear no reasonable competitive edge on this new rule."
Sample of Sources Used:
- California Code of Regulations. Section 2025. Final Regulation Order to Reduce Emissions of Diesel Particulate Matter, Oxides of Nitrogen, and Other Pollutants from In-Use Heavy-Duty Diesel-Fueled Vehicles. Sacramento, CA.
- Lloyd, A. C., & Cackette, T. A. (2001, June). Diesel Engines: Environmental Impact and Control. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association , 809-847.
- Office of Transportation and Air Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (May 2007). Diesel Retrofit Technology: An Analysis of the Cost-Effectiveness of Reducing Particulate Matter and Nitrogen Oxides Emission from Heavy-Duty Nonroad Diesel Engines Through Retrofits.
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