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EPA Seeks Comments on Gas Mileage Testing Procedures

Release Date: 03/24/2004
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John Millett 202-564-7842 /

(03/24/04) In response to a petition submitted to EPA by the environmental organization Bluewater Network, EPA is asking for comments on its testing procedures for determining gas mileage estimates via a notice in the Federal Register. Each year, EPA’s city and highway gas mileage estimates are displayed on new vehicles and appear in the annual Fuel Economy Guide. The purpose of the notice is to obtain feedback on the topics raised by the petitioner who contends that EPA’s current testing procedures, which were established in 1985, do not reflect factors that may affect the fuel efficiency of today’s vehicles, such as increased highway speeds and urban traffic congestion. This action will have no effect on the fuel economy standards (CAFÉ) now in place and administered by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. A copy of the notice and the petition can be found at: or in EPA Air Docket OAR-2003-0214.