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Reducing Air Pollution from Passenger Cars and Trucks (Text Only)

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Tier 3 vehicle and fuel standards will provide substantial pollution reducation at lower cost.

  • Strengthening standards for smog-forming volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides by 80%.
  • Establishing a 70% tighter particulate matter standard.
  • By 2030, EPA projects annual prevention of: 
    • up to 2,000 premature deaths
    • 50,000 respiratory illnesses in children
    • 2,200 asthma attacks
    • 1.4 million lost work/school days and days when activity would be restricted
  • The final standards are expected to provide up to $13 in health benefits for every $1 spent to meet the standards.
  • Total health related benefits in 2030 will be between $6.7-19 billion annually.
  • Final fuel standards will reduce sulfur in gas by more than 60% -- down from 30 parts per million to 10 annual average.
  • Every car built prior to the standards will run cleaner – cutting a projected 260,000 tons nitrogen oxides by 2018.
  • Clean gas standards will cost refineries less than a penny per gallon on average.

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