Hoeven, Colleagues Push Back on Burdensome EPA Regulations, Outline Impact on Nation's Supply Chain

BISMARCK, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven joined Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in pressing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to avoid placing overly burdensome emissions regulations on the trucking industry that will risk thousands of good-paying jobs. The senators stressed the current constraints on the nation’s supply chain and outlined the costs of the agency’s proposed regulations on tailpipe nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). Accordingly, the senators are calling on the EPA to provide greater flexibility to the trucking industry, enabling it to better prepare for any new rules without impacting the nation’s shipping capacity.

“[This] is a burdensome proposal that would impose excessive costs on new CMVs and lead to a decrease in truck sales, ultimately diminishing fleet turnover and increasing the age of the on-road fleet,” wrote the senators. 

In addition to Hoeven, Ernst and Grassley, the letter was co-signed by Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), James Risch (R-Idaho), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and Todd Young (R-Ind.). The full text of the letter can be read here.