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Politicians in Yuma push for stronger, cleaner truck standards

YUMA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Arizona Sen. Brian Fernandez and a Yuma city councilwoman are calling for stronger standards for heavy-duty trucks rolling through the state.

They say limiting truck pollution is crucial and hope a proposed hydrogen plant in Yuma is an important step to improve air quality. “Yuma County produces lettuce that goes throughout the world and other vegetables as well and we want to make sure that we don’t endanger that while also making sure it’s safer for our families,” said Fernandez, a Democrat from Yuma.

Yuma City Councilwoman Carol Smith, a neonatal nurse, is also eager to see a change in emission standards. “Pollution from trucks and buses dirties our air, endangers our health and can lead to respiratory diseases like asthma,” said Smith.

Smith said pollution from these trucks directly impacts the roughly 20,000 people in Yuma who have asthma. She said 4,000 of them are children. The EPA has proposed stricter emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks starting in 2027, and Fernandez hopes they will be finalized soon. “A big part of it is using different fuel standards and different fuel standards until eventually they become zero emissions,” he said.

Fernandez believes Yuma will be a leader in providing new fuel alternatives for trucks, including hydrogen fuel. He said plans are being finalized to build a hydrogen plant just outside city limits. “One of the ideas they had was to put hydrogen truck stations between Phoenix and San Diego that trucks moving in that area can use the hydrogen,” he said.

The plant is expected to supply hydrogen for Arizona and Southern California. “When it’s full capacity, it will be 10% of the country’s capacity when it comes to hydrogen so Yuma is going to be a huge part in this,” Fernandez said.

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