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Citizens Petition DEP and PennDOT for Diesel Anti-Idling Regulations: CAB Press Release

Citizens Petition DEP and PennDOT for Diesel Anti-Idling Regulations (PDF)

Harrisburg, PA (October 18, 2006) – To jump-start the regulatory process and to accelerate the arrival of cleaner, healthier air for all Pennsylvanians, a group of doctors, clergy, educators, concerned citizens, and municipal officials today asked the Rendell Administration to enact anti-idling regulations on commercial diesel vehicles. Reducing the time a truck or bus spends idling will cut the level of dangerous fine dust (particulate) emitted into the air across the state.

The Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania, Inc. (CAB) presented petitions to DEP and PennDOT Wednesday containing language to limit idling by commercial diesel vehicles. Due to an extensive interstate road system and favorable geography, Pennsylvania has become a transportation and distribution hub for the nation. Every truck that uses Pennsylvania roads, rest stops and truck facilities, and idles over a long period of time, adds pounds of pollutant dust to the state’s air.

Rev. Jennifer McKenna, President of CAB, noted the importance of fast action on these petitions, saying: “There’s no reason young children, older residents and people suffering from respiratory ailments should be forced to breathe diesel exhaust when it can be controlled.” She reminded us that; “The earth is God’s creation; and we are here to care for it and all the people on it.”

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