WASHINGTON -- President Bush cited sharp cuts in diesel emissions as the kind of environmental policy he wants the EPA to continue to pursue with Stephen Johnson as its new administrator.
Bush nominated Johnson, 53, on Friday, March 4.
If the Senate confirms him, Johnson would be the first career EPA employee and first professional scientist to lead the agency, Bush said.
The diesel rules were approved early in Bush's first term. They focus on heavy-duty trucks. But by mandating low-sulfur fuel, the rules also will enable automakers to use diesels and meet emissions standards in light-duty vehicles.