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The Freight Trucking Industry
Looks at conditions limiting the economic recovery of the freight trucking industry, especially in the area of environmental regulation.
# 152947 | 3,915 words | 7 sources | APA | 2013 | US

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This paper explains that, although the freight trucking industry is integral to the domestic economy, its recovery from the economic downturn of recent years has been slow because of a number of necessary, yet complicating, impeding obstacles. Next, the author reviews these obstacles of congested highways, high rate of employee turnover, many new strict environmental regulatory protocols and the expansion of rail and sea transport competition. The paper concludes that, in addition to slowing the economic recovery of this industry, these factors are creating a situation that could led to the destruction of countless small businesses and the creation of a monopoly in an industry crucial to the nation.

From the Paper:

"Nationally it was determined that despite the inevitable blow to freight trucking it would cause, it was ultimately necessary for amendments to the Clean Air Act to be put in place in 1990 to protect not only the environment but also the citizens of the United States from the dangers of diesel pollution. The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 instructed U.S. EPA to set maximum emissions for heavy duty diesel engines, taking both cost and best available technology trajectories into account. As time has passed and in accordance with improving technologies this estimate of maximum emissions has shifted to reflect more up to date data. These are also maximum NOx and PM emissions specifically with regard to heavy- duty diesel engines. An example of this scaling down can be observed in the difference between the estimates of 1990 and 1992. In just two years, it was required that engines irrespective of their year of manufacture be producing 50% less NOx and PM emissions than the engines which were acceptable as of 1990. This decrease in the acceptable percentage of NOx and PM emissions was seen again in 1994. By 2007 it was required that engines produce 95% less NOx and PM emissions than was acceptable through the 1980's and into 1990."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Johnston, Jason Scott (2006), "The Promise and Limits of Voluntary Management-Based Regulatory Reform: An Analysis of EPA's Strategic Goals Program," in Cary Coglianese & Jennifer Nash, eds., Leveraging the Private Sector: Management- Based Strategies for Improving Environmental Performance. Washington, DC: Resources for the Future
  • Miller, Kristin A., David S. Siscovick, Lianne Sheppard, Kristen Shepherd, Jeffrey H. Sullivan, Garnet L. Anderson, and Joel D. Kaufman (2007) Long-Term Exposure to Air Pollution and Incidence of Cardiovascular Events in Women, New England Journal of Medicine, 356(5):447-58
  • Nash, Jonathan Remy & Richard L. Revesz (2007) "Grandfathering and Environmental Regulation: The Law and Economics of New Source Review," Northwestern Law Rev. 102
  • Walsh, M. (1991) The Clean Air Act Amendments (Bureau of National Affairs), reprinted in William Tabb & Linda Malone, eds., Environmental Law, Second Edition (Charlottesville, VA: LEXIS Law Publishing, 1997), pp. 464-76
  • Tabb, William & Linda Malone, eds., Environmental Law, Second Edition (Charlottesville, VA: LEXIS Law Publishing, 1997)

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