DNREC initiates regulatory process for low-emission and electric vehicles
March 28, 2013: The State of Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has begun the early stages of amending regulations for low-emission and electric vehicles, with a stakeholder workgroup meeting in Dover.
Smog, toxics and particulate pollution from on-road mobile sources (cars and trucks) are the leading source of carbon monoxide (CO), nitrous oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in Delaware. Delaware's air is considered "unhealthy to breathe", is in non-attainment of the Clean Air Act's National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), and has received poor scores from the American Lung Association.
The purpose of the regulatory amendment is to improve the market-penetration of low-emissions vehicles and electric vehicles, which will improve air quality in Delaware.
The schedule for these changes will include a future workshop in April 2013, a public workshop in June 2013, and a public hearing on the proposed regulatory changes in July 2013.