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CAB Asks State Regulators to Cut Idling by Trucks: Patriot News

October 19, 2006: The Patriot-News

Cut Idling by Trucks, Group Asks Regulators

by Charles Thompson


Living in the midstate means co-existing with a lot of trucks. But a Carlisle-based group is aiming to curb the pollutants coming from tractor-trailers. The Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania yesterday came to the state Capitol seeking a new statewide regulation to limit the time tractor-trailers can spend idling at rest stops. The group submitted a petition for rules on idling to the state Department of Environmental Protection. The group’s proposed regulations, inspired by rules in 12 other states, would restrict truck idling to five minutes per hour — deemed a sufficient time to heat or cool an occupied truck cabin. For the first few years, trucks would be permitted to idle for prolonged periods when the outside temperature was below 40 degrees or above 80 degrees and no idle-reduction technology was available.


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