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Comments sought on environmental impact of cross-border trucking

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requesting comment on a draft environmental assessment that evaluates the potential environmental impacts resulting from the implementation of the U.S.-Mexico cross-border long-haul trucking pilot program announced July 6.

FMCSA says it analyzed the potential impacts to the environment that may result from implementing the pilot project. The agency says it evaluated environmental issues such as emissions from vehicles, fuel types, air quality impacts and other pertinent issues in the DEA and is requesting comments. Go to www.regulations.gov; the docket number is FMCSA-2011-0097.

This pilot program would allow Mexico-domiciled motor carriers to operate throughout the United States for up to three years. U.S.-domiciled motor carriers would be granted reciprocal rights to operate in Mexico for the same period.

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