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Written Testimony Of Global Automakers' President And CEO Michael J. Stanton At EPA Public Hearing Regarding Proposed Tier 3 Standards

PHILADELPHIA, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Michael J. Stanton, president and CEO of the Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) testified today at the Environmental Protection Agency's public hearing to discuss the Proposed Tier 3 standards.

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Below is Stanton's written testimony that was submitted to the record.

April 24, 2013 – EPA Public Hearing, Philadelphia, PA

Testimony of Michael J. Stanton President & CEO Association of Global Automakers, Inc. Regarding Proposed Tier 3 Standards

Good morning. My name is Mike Stanton, and I am President and CEO of the Association of Global Automakers.[1] We represent international motor vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, and other automotive-related trade associations.

It's hard to believe that it's been nearly a year-and-a-half since we were here in Philadelphia providing testimony on the proposed standards for greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy.  In that testimony we emphasized the need for uniformity.  Automakers need to be able to manufacture and sell vehicles that are compliant in all 50 states.  The benefits of producing one fleet are numerous – reducing costs, streamlining compliance, focusing resources, etc., all while providing real and significant health and environmental benefits for the nation. 

Today, we have returned to consider another of the President's goals, to reduce criteria pollutant emissions under the Tier 3 rule, securing additional public health and environmental benefits in the coming years.  Global Automakers and its members have supported the Administration's efforts to develop the Tier 3 standards.

While challenging, the Tier 3 emission standards are feasible and provide the necessary flexibility and time to implement fleet improvements, while simultaneously improving vehicle fuel efficiency.  But these standards cannot be met with vehicle changes alone, and the Tier 3 proposal recognizes another critical component in reducing vehicle emissions – fuel quality, or more specifically the sulfur content in gasoline.  Global Automakers believes the proposed EPA fuel standards for a nationwide supply of clean, ultra-low sulfur gasoline is critical for automakers to meet the new and highly stringent vehicle emissions standards. We support the 10 ppm average, and a low cap, for sulfur in gasoline.

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