US Department of Energy Bulletin: CAB Works to Reduce Idling in Central Pennsylvania

US Department of Energy Bulletin: National Idling Reduction Network News (PDF)

February 2007

CAB Works to Reduce Idling in Central Pennsylvania, Engages DEP to Monitor Air Quality
The Clean Air Board (CAB) of Central Pennsylvania, a faith-based citizens’ group from Carlisle, is actively working to limit idling of the trucking and warehouse industry in its environs. Board members ap-peared before the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board on January 17, 2007, to ask for legislation to limit diesel idling to 5 min-utes in every hour after April 2010. Until then, CAB wants to limit idling to terminals, truck stops, and state-designated rest areas when temperatures are below 40°F or above 80°F.
The Environmental Quality Board moved the request to the Pennsyl-vania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which has until mid-April to suggest any changes before the proposal can move for-ward in the legislative process. It could take as long as 1-3 years be-fore legislation could be in place.
CAB members say that Pennsylvania has become a haven for inter-state truckers taking their required 10-hour breaks because it is the only State in the Mid-Atlantic region that has no restrictions on idling. CAB’s position is that a 5-minute limit would be consistent with Dela-ware (3 minutes), Maryland (5 minutes), New Jersey (5 minutes), and New York (5 minutes). Because of its location at the intersection of Interstates 81 and 76 (the Pennsylvania Turnpike), Carlisle sees a great deal of truck traffic.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has recently announced that it will install a stationary air monitor to gauge the amount of pollution in the area.
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