State of the Air – 2014

The American Lung Association has released its State of the Air report for 2014. To see the full report, go to http://www.stateoftheair.org/  Enter the zip code for your area for fine particulate measurements.  Cumberland Co. does not have an ozone monitor, so you will have to rely on the data from Dauphin Co.

Clean Air Board talks to AAUW

On March 25, 2014, Clean Air Board member Justina Wasicek talked to AAUW, Carlisle Branch, about local air quality.  See and hear the talk. Air Quality 2014

IdleAir Opens in Carlisle

IdleAir opens its clean air heating and cooling station at the Flying J in Carlisle, PA off I-81, Exit 52. The IdleAir system provides clean air and other amenities to truck cabs during driver rest periods, without the need to install on-board generators or add-in devices.
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For information, go to http://www.idleair.com/

Clean Air Board Community Meeting, April 5, 6 pm

Our next Clean Air Board community meeting will be held at the  Second Presbyterian Church in Carlisle on April 5, at 6 pm.  Note that the meeting is an hour earlier than normally.  We will hear presentations by college students on various idling law projects they have been working on.

PA Turnpike Opens No-Idle, Clean-Air Facility For Truckers at New Stanton Service Plaza June 4th

Pa. Turnpike Opens First No-Idle, Clean-Air Facility For Truckers at New Stanton Service Plaza Today

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Press Release

Truck Stop Electrification facility will help truckers comply with no-idling law.

Excerpt:

Truck Stop Electrification facility (Ohio Environmental Council)

NEW STANTON, PA (06/04/2010)(readMedia)– The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) had a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier today to mark the opening of a Truck Stop Electrification (TSE) facility at its New Stanton Service Plaza at milepost 77.6 off the westbound lanes of I-76 in Westmoreland County.

The TSE, developed by CabAire LLC, Enfield, Conn., is comprised of towers equipped with modules that fit into truck cab windows to provide heat, air conditioning, internet, TV and electrical power to trucks and other diesel-powered vehicles while the engine is shut off.

Cost to use a TSE module will be about the same as a gallon of diesel fuel per hour. CabAire has agreed to provide the service free of charge for 30-days, from June 4 to July 4.

“We are incredibly proud to have constructed this facility – presently the only one of its kind in the state – on the Pennsylvania Turnpike,” said Turnpike CEO Joe Brimmeier. “This TSE is designed to help reduce pollution and land-development impacts to the neighborhoods surrounding our travel plaza, and it’s just one of several steps we’re taking to provide a greener environment.”

More about how to reduce idling from the US Department of Energy Idle Reduction Portal.

Reducing School Bus Idling: The Key to a Healthier Ride (Video)

Reducing School Bus Idling: The Key to a Healthier Ride

Watch an informational video from a youtube user about the importance of reducing school bus idling to benefit the health of school-aged children.

The Health Risks of Diesel Idling: Tami Biddle, Clean Air Board

The Health Risks of Diesel Idling (30 KB)

by Tami Biddle

Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania

October 2008

In recent years scientists have begun to understand a great deal about the effects of a type of air pollution referred to as “particulate matter.”  One type that is especially worrisome is called PM 2.5, meaning matter that is 2.5 micrometers or smaller in size.  This means, roughly, about one-thirtieth the size of a human hair.  The reason that PM 2.5 is dangerous is because the particles are small enough to penetrate into the deepest part of the lungs. And this, in turn, means that they are directly linked to asthma, bronchitis, and chronic respiratory illness.  Scientists have also linked PM 2.5 to low birth weight babies, heart disease, some cancers, and premature deaths in elderly people.

Children are more vulnerable to the health risks of PM 2.5 because their immune and respiratory systems are still developing. Also, children breathe up to 50 percent more air per pound of body weight than adults.  The breathing of fine particles by children is believed to cause both acute and chronic respiratory problems such as asthma.  Forty percent of all US asthma cases are in children, yet children make up only 25 percent of the US population.[1]

The sources of PM 2.5 include fuel combustion from automobiles, power plants, wood burning, and industrial processes.  But a major contributor to PM 2.5 levels is diesel powered vehicles such as trucks and buses. These fine particles are also formed in the atmosphere when gases such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides — all of which are also products of fuel combustion — are transformed in the air by chemical reactions.  Fine particles are attracted to water, thus contributing to acid rain.  Acid rain affects all things biological, and can have direct effects on human health.  For all these reasons, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken an initiative to monitor and address fine particles in the atmosphere.

The seriousness of the heath risks posed by PM 2.5, and the special impact of particulate matter on children, has prompted many communities to start to address the problem in multiple ways.  One of the most important has been to encourage the limitation of idling by school buses.  Each year, over 21,000 school buses transport 1.5 million children to schools in Pennsylvania.[2] Restricting diesel idling would improve the health of Pennsylvania’s children, and the health of the drivers who transport them each day.


[1] Environmental Protection Agency   http://www.epa.gov/region4/sesd/pm25/p2.htm

[2] Clean Air Council   http://www.cleanair.org

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