State passes anti-idling legislation: Sentinel News

October 9, 2008: Sentinel News

State passes anti-idling legislation

Staff Reports

The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed anti-idling legislation limiting idling of large diesel trucks and buses. The bill, which was passed on Wednesday, was introduced by Sen. Pat Vance (R-31), who received some help from the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania in constructing the legislation.

The law comes after a two-year campaign from CAB to enact anti-idling laws in the state. CAB President Jennifer McKenna applauded the legislators’ work.

“We believe this law will help protect the health of the public, particularly those who suffer from respiratory problems,” McKenna said.

In 2006, CAB petitioned the Department of Environmental Protection to adopt idling regulations on commercial vehicles, and DEP recognized that idling at truck facilities produced high levels of ground pollutants and contributed to the region’s poor air quality. DEP adopted idling regulations last month, many of which were included in the Senate Bill 295.

The legislation will head to Gov. Edward Rendell for a signature.

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