Bill Seeks to Reduce Idling Emissions: Sentinel News

Bill Seeks to Reduce Idling Emissions

September 25th, 2007: The Sentinel-News

by Alex Roarty

Excerpt: “A bill introduced in the state Senate last week seeks to improve the area’s air quality by restricting the amount of time tractor-trailers can sit idling.

The bill, proposed by state Sen. Patricia Vance, R-31, would forbid commercial diesel-engine vehicles from idling for more than five minutes per hour in many circumstances. Drivers often idle their truck engines when they aren’t driving to keep the power on in their cab.

Vance said the proposed statewide legislation is particularly important for Cumberland County, whose air quality is among the worst in the country. Vance said she was motivated to find ways to clean the air because many of the county’s doctors have told her they have seen anincrease in patients with lung problems such as asthma.

“We’re all concerned about the air we breathe, or we should be,” Vance said. “(This legislation) is a step toward cleaner air.”

Jennifer McKenna, president of the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania, said she estimates as many as 3,000 tractor-trailers idle near Carlisle everyday, polluting the air. Based in Carlisle, CAB worked with Vance on the legislation to help reduce those emissions.”

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