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ACTION ALERT
Urge the EPA to Finalize Strong Tier 3 Standards by the End of This Year

The oil industry and its allies in Congress are working hard to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed rule to cut tailpipe emissions from our cars and sulfur from gasoline (known as Tier 3 standards).

These standards will prevent thousands of asthma cases and millions of lost school and work days each year, and the benefits will be immediate when Tier 3 takes effect. The oil industry knows they cannot win an argument about the substance of a rule with such clear and cost-effective public health benefits, so they continue to work to delay the regulatory process.

Reducing vehicle pollution and bringing cleaner gasoline to the pump is a no-brainer. Automakers, who are stepping up to the plate to build more fuel efficient vehicles, are clamoring for cleaner fuel. Public health and consumer advocates are lauding the Tier 3 program’s benefits, and state clean air officials know that reducing sulfur and tailpipe pollution is the most cost-effective way to meet federal clean air goals.

Don’t let the oil industry and its allies stand in the way. The EPA needs to hear from the millions of Americans like you who want cleaner fuel and cars that pollute less.

Urge the EPA to Move Ahead with Clean Fuel and Tailpipe Standards

Despite real progress cleaning up our cars in recent years, passenger vehicles remain a top source of pollutants that harm public health and worsen air quality. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently taking comments on its proposed Tier 3 standards, which would reduce soot and smog-forming pollution from cars and trucks, and cut the sulfur content in gasoline.

Implementing the Tier 3 standards would immediately benefit the millions of Americans suffering the health impacts of living or working in areas with dirty air, and do so in the most cost-effective way possible.

Public health, environmental, labor, and the auto industry support Tier 3 as a cost-effective way to meet critical clean air goals. The oil industry is the only group standing in the way. They know they cannot win an argument about the substance of a rule with such clear and cost-effective public health benefits, so they continue to work to delay the regulatory process.

The EPA needs to hear from the millions of Americans who want cars that pollute less and burn cleaner fuel. Submit a comment by July 1, urging the EPA to finalize Tier 3 standards by the end of this year.

Please make your comment personal by adding in your own thoughts and concerns. Every letter makes a difference, but customized letters have the greatest effect!

For more information on the Tier 3 Program, see our recent blog post, Smog, Soot, and Sulfur, Oh My!


Write to the EPA by July 1 and urge the agency to finalize Tier 3 standards by the end of this year.

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