Andrew Wheeler, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency re-introduced the Cleaner Trucks Initiative (CTI) at a livestock exchange in Marshall, Virginia earlier this week. The policy aims to reduce oxides of nitrogen, NOx, and other pollutants for highway heavy-duty engines by establishing more rigorous emission standards. Wheeler is calling for public participation in drafting the initiative through his issuing of an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
Seattle is making an attempt to move aggressively towards cutting the city emissions. In September, Mayor Jenny Durkan signed a bill that would tax home heating oil an additional 24 cents per gallon. This tax would be on top of the existing 10% heating oil tax that currently exists for the residents of Seattle. This tax will take effect starting during the summer of 2020.