February 12, 2007
EPA rule slashes toxic fumes from vehicles and fuel containers
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced new standards that will decrease toxic fumes from gasoline, vehicles and fuel containers. Along with current fuel and vehicle standards, the EPA says that by 2030, its new Mobile Source Air Toxic (MSAT) regulations will reduce toxic emissions from cars to 80 per cent below 1999 emissions.
The MSAT rule toughens benzene standards for gasoline, sets hydrocarbon emissions standards for cars at cold temperatures, and tightens fuel containers to prevent the evaporation of harmful fumes. The new standards will take effect in 2009 for fuel containers, 2010 for cars, and 2011 for gasoline. By 2030, the fully-implemented MSAT standards are expected to reduce emissions of mobile source air toxics annually by 330,000 tons, including 61,000 tons of benzene.