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  • 22-Mar-2017 10:38 EDT

SAE Eye on Engineering: Mid-Term Review is Back On

Last week, the EPA decided to revisit a review of automotive emission standards. In this episode of SAE Eye on Engineering, Editor-In-Chief Lindsay Brooke looks at the upcoming mid-term review of automotive emission standards.

SAE Eye on Engineering also airs Monday mornings on WJR 760 AM Detroit's Paul W. Smith Show. Access archived episodes of SAE Eye on Engineering.

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