Your Top 5 Questions on NOx Standards Answered

Posted by PLS Logistics January 19, 2017 at 11:30 AM

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is preparing a rule that would set new standards to reduce NOx emissions from heavy-duty truck engines beginning in 2024. The agency last tightened its NOx standards for truck engines in 2010 to 0.2 gram per brake horsepower-hour.

The California Air Rescue Board is pushing for a lower NOx standard, as low as .02, so they can meet the federal ambient air quality standards for the ozone. That would be a 90% reduction in NOx emissions.

What is NOx? Nitrogen Oxides. NOx pollutes air with its chemical compounds. NOx represents a family of 7 compounds. The EPA regulates nitrogen dioxide, NO2, as a surrogate for this family of compounds because it’s the most prevalent form of NOx in the atmosphere and is generated by human activity.

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6 Transportation News Stories: August 2016

Posted by PLS Logistics August 31, 2016 at 8:00 AM

 

  • Louisiana Weather Causes Shipment Delays. Louisiana called a state of emergency after heavy rainfall affected the region. More than 280 state roads have been flooded and closed, affecting intermodal rail and truckload shipping. “It’s a major disaster,” said Rodney Mallett of Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. (Learn more here.)

  • Market Condition: Continued Price Declines. The most recent edition of the Truckload and Intermodal Cost Index reflects the ongoing stretch of rate declines for both modes. Truckload rates dropped 1.6% annually in July, marking the 5th straight month of annual declines. July’s intermodal rates were down 2.4% annually. (Read more here.)

  • GHG and Fuel Efficiency Rules Set. The EPA and DOT’s NHTSA finalized standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that will improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution. The final rules build on the fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards already in place. (How Will Shippers Be Affected by Green Regulations?)

  • FAA Permits Test Delivery Drones in US. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, will be flying drones in designated areas to gather data to develop an airspace management system. Google is pressing for product delivery-by-drone within the next 3 years. (When Will Your Products Be Delivered by Drones?)

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5 Ways Shippers are Affected by Green Transportation Regulations

Posted by PLS Admin March 24, 2016 at 11:02 AM

Medium- and heavy-duty trucks move about 70% of America’s freight. These vehicles make up about 5% of traffic, and contribute 20% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and oil consumption in the transportation sector. This makes trucking firms a prime target for green initiatives, and in the past few years, the government has created regulations to reduce GHG emissions.

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Carriers – Reduce Emissions without Making Truck Changes

Posted by PLS Logistics July 22, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Over-the-road (OTR) freight carriers face pressure from shippers and customers who want impeccable service, and the government who wants advances on environmental performance. In March, President Obama made an executive order that mandates the U.S. government to cut carbon emissions by 40 percent over the next decade, setting an example for industries across the country.

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The EPAs “Green” Transportation Initiative

Posted by PLS Logistics March 26, 2015 at 8:30 AM

The SmartWay Transport Partnership, launched in 2004, is an innovative collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the freight industry, designed to reduce greenhouse gases, non-renewable resource consumption and transportation costs.

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