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Alternative Fuels Summary Full Text
Alternative Fuels - State Regulations Summary Full Text
Biodiesel Summary Full Text
Drayage Trucks Summary Full Text
Fuel Efficiency Summary Full Text
Hazardous Waste Transport Summary Full Text
Placarding Summary Full Text
SmartWay Summary Exit TERC

Alternative Fuels
Applies to:

All vehicles; future standards may specifically affect vehicles powered by alternative fuels.

Requires:

Current standards set minimum fuel efficiency and maximum emissions standards for gasoline and diesel vehicles.

See also:
  • Alternative Fuels - State Regulations
  • Biodiesel
  • Engine Emissions (Truck, Tailpipe)
  • Fuel Efficiency
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Alternative Fuels - State Regulations
    Applies to:

    Vehicles registered or operating in specific states.

    Requires:

    Some states require that transportation fuels sold in the state contain minimum amounts of alternative fuels. Other restrictions and incentives apply.

    See also:
  • Alternative Fuels
  • Biodiesel
  • Engine Emissions (Truck, Tailpipe)
  • Fuel Efficiency
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Biodiesel
    Applies to: All diesel-powered vehicles operating in certain states
    Requires:

    Diesel fuel sold in certain states must contain a minimum percentage (typically 5-10%, depending on the state) of fuel derived from renewable sources.

    See also:
  • Alternative Fuels
  • Alternative Fuels - State Regulations
  • Diesel Fuel Requirements
  • Drayage Trucks
    Applies to: Owners and operators of short-haul trucks that transport goods between ports, warehouses and local stores
    Requires:

    The voluntary SmartWay Drayage Program provides technical assistance, emission assessment tools and partnership recognition to port truck companies that commit to clean up their trucks

    See also:
  • SmartWay Program (exit TERC)
  • Fuel Efficiency
    Applies to: The standards apply directly to engine, vehicle, and equipment manufacturers, rather than owners and operators of vehicles. But purchases of vehicles will be affected indirectly, since equipment purchased now will be in service during years when fuel costs may change significantly.
    Requires:

    New fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emission standards will be phased in through 2017-18 for vehicles including Class 7 and 8 combination tractors, heavy duty pickups and vans, and a variety of special purpose vehicles.

    See also:
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Hazardous Waste Transport
    Applies to: Any person engaged in transporting waste that would be classified as "hazardous" according to criteria specified in rules developed under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
    Requires:

    Hazardous waste transporters are required to obtain a federal ID number and to comply with recordkeeping and reporting regulations. Other regulations may apply in some states.

    See also:
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Hazardous Waste Determination
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • Universal Waste
  • Placarding
    Applies to:

    Any person who offers for transport or transports any materials that are regulated as "hazardous materials," including hazardous waste

    Requires:

    A diamond-shaped sign must be affixed to any motor vehicle that carries hazardous materials. The sign provides information about the type of hazard through special color, symbols, and indicator numbers, as specified in the regulations.

    See also:
  • Hazardous Waste
  • SmartWay Program (exit TERC)
    Applies to:

    Shippers, truck and rail transporters, logistics companies, truck stop operators, and others

    Requires:

    SmartWay is a voluntary program that provides resources to help achieve fuel efficiency improvements and emissions reduction, and identifies products and services that reduce transportation-related emissions

    See also:
  • Engine Emissions (Truck, Tailpipe)
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • National Clean Diesel Campaign (exit TERC)
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