The Union of Concerned Scientists believes Volkswagen should be forced to fund programs that clean up the dirtiest diesel trucks, according to Green Car Reports.
This comes after the EPA revealed Volkswagen used deceitful software on TDI diesel cars. VW faces large payouts for civil suits and potential government fines and will have to recall all of the nearly 600,000 affected cars in the U.S.
But the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) thinks more should be required, and is advocating using the manufacturer’s money to fund environmental initiatives, with a focus on heavy-duty trucks.
Green Car Reports writes:
(UCS) believes regulators should focus on heavy-duty trucks, because those are among the highest-polluting vehicles on the road.
They account for a disproportionate amount of emissions, in part because they cover more mileage than passenger cars annually.
The EPA has the authority to set up a Supplemental Environmental Project, which could funnel Volkswagen money into pollution-remediation projects, the UCS notes.
This could be done along the lines of the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act, and help encourage replacing dirtier trucks or retrofitting them with emissions-reducing equipment.
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