13,000 diesel vehicles idle in Pennsylvania for up to 10 hours per day: Sentinel News

October 19, 2006:  The Sentinel News

Group: Clean Up Air Quality

By David Blymire

Excerpt:

Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania is asking the state to curtail the amount of time trucks and other commercial diesel vehicles spend idling.

The Carlisle-based citizens group delivered petitions Wednesday to the state departments of Environmental Protection and Transportation.

“With our particular problem in Carlisle… we thought this was one way to tackle the problem locally,” said the Rev. Jennifer McKenna, president of the board.

Pennsylvania is the only state in the mid-Atlantic region with no restrictions on idling. The group cites a DEP estimate that 13,000 diesel vehicles idle in the state for up to 10 hours a day.

Limit diesel idling

CAB is asking that diesel idling be limited to five minutes per hour after April 2010. Until then, idling would be limited to terminals, truck stops or state-designated rest areas if temperatures are below 40 degrees or above 80 degrees.

CAB members say the Keystone State has become a haven for interstate truckers taking their required 10-hour breaks.

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