October 21, 2016 — The fast-approaching Nov. 8 federal elections likely won’t disrupt the implementation of the recently finalized Phase 2 emissions regulations for tractor-trailers, set to be phased in over the next 10 years.
The best odds for such a scenario are for Donald Trump to win the presidency and for Republicans to maintain control over both chambers of Congress, says Glen Kedzie, head of energy and environmental counsel for the American Trucking Associations.
In that scenario, Congress would need to pass what Kedzie called “a rare bird” — a Congressional Review Act resolution. CRAs can be used by Congress to block rules developed by executive branch agencies, such as the EPA and the DOT, the two departments that produced the Phase 2 emissions regulations. If Congress successfully passed a CRA, the president (in this case Trump) could sign it and Phase 2 emissions regulations would be nullified.