Grumbling About Rumbling- Legislation takes aim at truckers’ practice of letting their rigs idle: Sentinel News

February 5, 2007:  The Sentinel News

Grumbling About Rumbling
Legislation takes aim at truckers’ practice of letting their rigs idle — Members of a local clean air group are leading the charge

By Joseph Cress

Excerpt: We are getting the pollution of the whole East Coast.

That is how the Rev. Jennifer McKenna sees the problem of trucks idling for extended periods.

Truckers have told her they plan stops in Pennsylvania because the state has no laws restricting the idling of commercial diesel vehicles.

But if she and others like her have their way, the state General Assembly may soon shift gears and enact rules to cut down emissions polluting the air.

McKenna is president of the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania, a Carlisle-based citizens group leading the charge to put in place limits the trucking and warehousing industry can live with.

Board members went before the state Environmental Quality Board on Jan. 17 asking support for legislation to limit diesel idling to five minutes per hour after April 2010.

Until then, CAB wants to limit idling to terminals, truck stops and state-designated rest areas if temperatures are below 40 degrees or above 80 degrees.

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