Mexico’s Bid to Strengthen Vehicle Emissions Standards

11th-hour industry pressure threatens to weaken Mexico’s pending standards for regulating emissions from heavy-duty vehicles.

Diesel exhaust—categorized as carcinogenic by WHO—spewing from these vehicles is creating a public health hazard, writes Amanda Maxwell. The Mexican government estimates the standard, called NOM-044, could help the country avoid more than 55,000 premature deaths, and all major stakeholders have already signed off on its provisions.

“Weakening NOM-044 will only delay the health and climate benefits that the standard is expected to bring to the people of Mexico and impede Mexico's ability to meet its climate commitments,” Maxwell argues.

Natural Resources Defense Council Blog

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