Environmental organization hosts birthday party for fuel standards

These standards are now under fire from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Justin Udo
October 15, 2018 - 3:45 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —  A local environmental organization hosted a birthday party for an unlikely recipient that may help us breathe a little easier.

Monday marks the six-year anniversary of updated U.S. fuel efficiency standards.

"What these standards do is restrict tail pipe emissions, raise the average corporate fuel economy of fleets of vehicles released every year, as well as allow states to set their own stricter fuel efficiency standards," said Alex Lola with PennEnvironment, the organization that hosted a birthday bash for the standards at Cret Park in Center City.

Lola says these upgrades are under fire from the Environmental Protection Agency.

"The EPA is trying to roll back these standards, and make it so we will lose all the progress we have gained," he added. 

Lola says the party, which featured speakers, birthday cards, and a cake, had one central goal which was "to raise as much visibility around these rollbacks as possible." 

These standards, Lola explains, have help improved air quality as well as the bottom line. 

"They've already save Pennsylvanians over $1.2 billion in the last six years alone." 

Lola hopes the organization will be able to celebrate a seventh birthday for the standards next year.