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EPA Backs Off Plan to Exempt Gliders

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Environmental Protection Agency is reversing a decision to exempt glider freight trucks from stricter emissions requirements, the Washington Post reported.

Former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, during his final day on the job, had assured manufacturers of the trucks, which are newly manufactured cab bodies typically fitted with older engines.

Acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the decision Thursday in a memo to assistant administrators.

Three environmental groups and a coalition of states had filed requests for the EPA to withdraw or stay Pruitt’s “no action assurance” that would have created a loophole in an Obama-era rule addressing greenhouse gas emissions that glider truck manufacturers opposed.

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