The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking a "new tone" with a change in leadership. After reviewing comments on that proposal submitted by stakeholders, the agency determined additional evaluation is needed before a final decision is made, said Molly Block, an EPA spokeswoman. But as the emissions control requirements went into effect in recent years, companies like Fitzgerald Glider Kits of Crossville, Tennessee, began to attract thousands of buyers from around the United States - including many small fleet owners - that wanted to evade the new rules, getting trucks they argued were cheaper to run.
These "glider trucks" use recycled engines built before new technology reduced the discharge of harmful particulates that pollute the air. She noted that one option the agency is considering is extending to December 31, 2019 the compliance date for the 300-unit limit.
Gov. Pete Ricketts said in a statement that Pruitt helped decrease red tape that had previously harmed Nebraska businesses.
Andrew Wheeler will be the acting head of the EPA.
The EPA's former administrator, Scott Pruitt, broke with his predecessors' common practices of publishing a calendar online and announcing travel and speeches in advance.
The Nebraska Sierra Club is among the environmental groups that welcomed the resignation.
The agency has until July 17 to respond to the committee's request. In several instances, reporters who learned where Pruitt would be speaking were removed from the event or denied access.
Some critics opposed Pruitt's confirmation for his positions on climate change, but he received support from many Southern Baptist leaders, including SBTS President Albert Mohler; Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; Anthony Jordan, former executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma; and Sen.
"The new truck industry conspired with the Obama EPA to try to put us out of business", he wrote, adding, "Our goose was cooked until President Trump and Pruitt came to town".