ATA renews call for single diesel standard

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A single national on-road diesel standard is critical to the health of the trucking industry, the American Trucking Associations told a task force studying the impact of boutique fuels on supply and prices.

“A single national diesel fuel standard will limit the duration and magnitured of fuel price spikes, which are devastating to the economic health of the trucking industry, ATA President Bill Graves told the Governors’ Task Force on Boutique Fuels in a May 18 letter. “To the extent that certain fuel parameters can be adjusted to provide emissions benefits without compromising supply, these adjustments should take place at the federal level.”

As part of the Bush administration’s efforts to reduce price pressures on gasoline and diesel, the Environmental Protection Agency established the Governors’ Boutique Fuels Task Force to studying the extent to which artificial constraints on fuel supply that result when states and other local jurisdictions demand a specific formulation.