It was recently reported that Navistar, an American based diesel engine manufacturer, had sued Lisa Jackson the director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to uphold the Clean Air Act. Now several other heavy duty truck makers have responded to the suit, including Mack and Volvo.
The lawsuit was mainly aimed at Navistar’s competitors and their practice of meeting emission controlled standards through liquid and whether the filling requirements passed by the EPA actually work under real word conditions. With the lawsuit on the table Navistar’s competitors have sounded off.
Navistar’s competitors claim that Navistar is simply fabricating negative stories and are just sour over their chosen less effective and cost heavy methods of meeting EPA regulations. John Walsh, Mack Trucks director of media relations, said:
Given the history, we’re not surprised by this – it sounds like more of the same. The irony is that, a year and a half after the regulations went into effect, they [Navistar] still can’t meet the standard without credits, and their trucks are still spewing two-and-a-half times the pollutants allowed. We [Mack] think their complaint has no merit. We intend to file a motion to intervene.
Similarly, Brandon Borgna, the manager of media relations for Volvo Trucks North America said:
We intend to file a motion to intervene. We think the [Navistar] complaint is frivolous, and that it won’t go anywhere. The market has already decided that SCR-equipped engines are the preferred choice in terms of performance and fuel economy, as well as the environment.
The EPA may argue that if the manufacturers of the fluid based systems dictate a proper protocol for the systems’ use, than EPA should not be held responsible when the protocol is not followed. In other words, the EPA approved systems of Navistar‘s competitors do work in accordance with the Clean Air Act but it is not up to the EPA to monitor the proper use of those approved systems.
No official word yet from the EPA and Lisa Jackson or any additional movement in the lawsuit. However, it seems that Navistar’s competitors are in agreement—Navistar, a financially strapped company, made a bad decision and rather than have to spend money they do not have in order to mimic their competitors cost effective methods, Navistar is trying to drag everyone down with them.
Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail.