Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft strategic plan entitled, “Draft FY 2014-2018 EPA Strategic Plan.” As part of EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment the draft strategic plan has five strategic goals:  

  • Address climate change and improve air quality,
  • Protect America’s waters, 
  • Clean up Communities and advance sustainable development,
  • Ensure safety of chemicals and prevent pollution, and    
  • Protect human health and the environment by enforcing laws and assuring compliance.

The draft plan also lists EPA’s core values as science, transparency and rule of law. The plan focuses on “developing and using creative, flexible, cost-effective, and sustainable actions that deliver significant benefits on the ground in protecting and improving human health and the environment.”

As part of the strategic goal to address climate change and improve air quality, EPA lists implementing greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses (model years 2014-2018) as one of the areas that will be addressed. The agency also promises to build on the first phase of heavy-duty vehicle GHG standards by developing options for a second phase of GHG emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles. The proposals may include “exploring a more complete vehicle standard-setting approach” and encouraging the development of a broader range of advanced technologies. EPA is still considering whether to include truck trailers as part of the second phase. Much of EPA’s FY 2014-2018 plan falls in line with President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which calls for GHG emission levels to be reduced 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.

The draft plan will also focus on mobile off-road sources as part of the effort to address climate change. The agency will assess current GHG control options for off-road sources and determine if and when to begin developing GHG emissions standards for off-road sources, such as marine vessels, aircrafts, trains, and transportation fuels.

The agency is taking public comment on the draft strategic plan through January 3, 2014.