AISI Says Return to Vehicle Standard Process Provides Opportunity to Continue Stakeholder Discussions

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For Immediate Release

March 15, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) today issued the following statement in reaction to the Administration’s announcement on re-examining fuel-economy standards set by the Obama administration for 2022-2025 model year light-duty vehicles:

“AISI is pleased the Administration has withdrawn the final determination of the EPA Light Duty Vehicle Emission Standards issued in January. As a key materials solutions provider, we look forward to a dialogue between EPA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, California Air Resources Board, auto manufacturers and other relevant stakeholders on the Mid-Term Evaluation. The steel industry is making investments in new grades of lightweight, high-strength steels to assist our automotive customers in reducing emissions and improving fuel economy performance. We are confident that getting the partnership between the government and stakeholders back on track will result in a plan for the future which protects the environment by establishing a common sense, implementable single national program for CAFE and GHG standards,” said Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of AISI.

“We are hopeful continued dialogue will also include vehicle emissions from a life cycle point of view. Considering all phases of a vehicle’s life—production, driving and end-of-life recycling—is the most certain path to emissions reductions from the light vehicle sector,” Gibson concluded.


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