EPA and DOT announce new truck standards

EPA and DOT Finalize Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks

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The final standards are cost effective for consumers and businesses.

EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly finalized standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that will improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution, while bolstering energy security and spurring manufacturing innovation. The final phase two standards were called for by President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, and respond to the President’s directive in early 2014 to develop new standards that run into the next decade.

The final standards are expected to lower CO2 emissions by approximately 1.1 billion metric tons, save vehicle owners fuel costs of about $170 billion, and reduce oil consumption by up to two billion barrels over the lifetime of the vehicles sold under the program. Read more about the new standards.

Read a joint blog post by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx on how these standards are helping to address climate change.

Next Clean Air Board meeting, Aug. 4

The Clean Air Board will be meeting on Aug. 4, 7pm, at the Second Presbyterian Church,  528 Garland Drive, in Carlisle.   We will discuss recent developments in our area . You are very welcome to join us this Thursday.

Air Quality Action Day has been declared for Susquehanna Valley on Friday, Jul 22

Forecast
Friday, Jul 22: 105 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
85 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Extended Forecast
Saturday, Jul 23: 90 AQI Moderate Ozone
85 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)
Current Conditions: As of 2 PM on Thursday, mostly sunny skies persist across the region as an area of high pressure continues to reside over the Mid-Atlantic region. Right now, southwesterly wind flow over the region is helping to drive temperatures into the upper 80s. The combination of the sunshine and the warm temperatures are helping to force ozone concentrations toward the Code YELLOW / ORANGE threshold. Expect deteriorating air quality to unfold tomorrow as high pressure continues to dominate our weather. *** Friday’s Forecast: So for Friday, sunny skies will continue to prevail across eastern PA as higher pressure pushes off to our east. The movement of the high will allow our winds to stay out of the southwest, forcing hotter, more humid conditions into the region. As a result, afternoon temperatures are likely to peak in the 90s. With increasing moisture levels and even hotter temperatures building in, expect ozone concentration to peak in the Code ORANGE status. PM 2.5 levels will also be on the increase due to the increasing humidity. *** Extended Outlook: Over the coming days, expect to see temperatures remain seasonably warm higher pressure builds in over the region. After the frontal passage on Friday, high pressure will move through the area. A slow moving front will begin to push in late in the weekend from the west. This front will provide more cloud cover and an increased chance of rain as it moves east through our area. After the front moves through, a new area of high pressure will build in over the Great Lakes area and continue to provide us with seasonably warm temperatures through the weekend. There will be another chance of rain by week’s end as a new storm system makes its way east. Overall, air quality levels during the week will be driven by warm and humid conditions over the area. However, it will likely be the level of activity across the region (with two new storm systems moving in early and late next week) that will keep air quality concentrations from exceeding the moderate threshold. –Nolan

Here are some Air Quality Action Day tips you can follow to help reduce pollution:

Days when ozone levels are expected to be high:

* Conserve electricity and set your air conditioner at a higher temperature.
* Choose a cleaner commute—share a ride to work or use public transportation. Bicycle or walk to errands when possible.
* Refuel cars and trucks after dusk.
* Combine errands and reduce trips.
* Limit engine idling.
* Use household, workshop, and garden chemicals in ways that keep evaporation to a minimum, or try to delay using them when poor air quality is forecast.

This forecast is brought to you by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and the Air Quality Partnership of the Susquehanna Valley.
* For more information on the health effects of PM 2.5 and ozone, visit the EPA Airnow website.
* To see the current forecast and monitoring information for the Southwest PA Region, visit us online at the PA DEP Forecast and Monitoring Site.

DEP declares Air Quality Action Day for Susquehanna Valley on Monday, June 20

Forecast
Monday, Jun 20: 106 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
62 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Extended Forecast
Tuesday, Jun 21: 83 AQI Moderate Ozone
58 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)
Current conditions: At 2 p.m. EDT this Friday afternoon, a northerly flow to the east of an area of high pressure located over the Great Lakes is bringing drier air into the area. Fine particulate is being mixed out by an increasing breeze, so overall averages for today will be in the upper good range for this pollutant. The high will sink slowly southward to a position over western North Carolina by Monday. This will act to increase both fine particulate and ozone. In fact, ozone levels will be at their highest on Monday, the first day of summer with light southwest winds and temperatures close to 90 degrees. Fine particulate levels will also increase in response to rising low level humidity. Moonlit and turning out comfortable overnight with lows in the lower 60s. *** Saturday’s forecast: Sunshine will prevail for the day Saturday with high pressure overhead. Fine particulate will be elevated in the morning to the moderate range, and not enough mixing will occur in the afternoon to bring overall averages below the moderate range. Likewise, with a strong June sun and maximum insolation, ozone levels will average in the lower moderate range as well. Afternoon temperatures in the lower to middle 80s. *** Sunday’s forecast: Another full day of sunshine is in store for Sunday with afternoon temperatures in the middle and upper 80s. Fine particulate will again be in the lower moderate range, but ozone could go well into the moderate range with light winds and full sun. ***Monday’s forecast: High pressure will be located across the Tennessee valley on Monday, allowing for light southwest winds and a mostly sunny sky. There is the concern that ozone levels go into the code ORANGE range, especially if any onshore flow is very light and emissions increase. Temperatures approaching the 90 degree mark with fine particulate in the middle moderate range. *** Extended forecast: A cold front approaches on Tuesday, and the exact time this front passes is still uncertain. There is a chance for thunderstorms in the late afternoon and early evening. With enough sunshine, ozone will go well into the moderate range, and fine particulate will average in the lower moderate range. A little cooler and less humid air with good air quality should follow for the middle of next week.—McAuliffe

Here are some Air Quality Action Day tips you can follow to help reduce pollution:

Days when ozone levels are expected to be high:

* Conserve electricity and set your air conditioner at a higher temperature.
* Choose a cleaner commute—share a ride to work or use public transportation. Bicycle or walk to errands when possible.
* Refuel cars and trucks after dusk.
* Combine errands and reduce trips.
* Limit engine idling.
* Use household, workshop, and garden chemicals in ways that keep evaporation to a minimum, or try to delay using them when poor air quality is forecast.

Clean Air Board will not meet in June and July

The Clean Air Board will not be meeting in June and June.  Our next meeting will be on August 4.

We will continue to post  air quality alerts as we receive them.  Have a healthy summer!

DEP issues air quality alert for ozone on Friday, May 27

Air Quality Action Day has been declared for Susquehanna Valley, PA, on Friday, May 27
Tomorrow’s Forecast
Friday, May 27: 103 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
75 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Extended Forecast
Saturday, May 28: 98 AQI Moderate Ozone
77 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)
 Friday’s forecast: Sunshine and a few clouds will prevail for the day Friday. Warm and humid with a late afternoon or evening thunderstorm in the area. Code ORANGE levels of ozone will again occur with the sunshine and heat ramping up ozone production. Fine particulate levels will again be in the moderate range. Warm and sticky Friday night with lows in the middle and upper 60s.

Here are some Air Quality Action Day tips you can follow to help reduce pollution:

Days when ozone levels are expected to be high:

* Conserve electricity and set your air conditioner at a higher temperature.
* Choose a cleaner commute—share a ride to work or use public transportation. Bicycle or walk to errands when possible.
* Refuel cars and trucks after dusk.
* Combine errands and reduce trips.
* Limit engine idling.
* Use household, workshop, and garden chemicals in ways that keep evaporation to a minimum, or try to delay using them when poor air quality is forecast.

Days when particle pollution levels are expected to be high:

* Reduce or eliminate fireplace and wood stove use.
* Avoid using gas-powered lawn and garden equipment.
* Avoid burning leaves, trash and other materials.

This forecast is brought to you by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and the Air Quality Partnership of the Susquehanna Valley.

* For more information on the health effects of PM 2.5 and ozone, visit the EPA Airnow website.

DEP issues air quality alert for Ozone for Thursday, May 26

A(n) Air Quality Action Day has been declared for Susquehanna Valley, PA, on Thursday, May 26
Tomorrow’s Forecast
Thursday, May 26: 101 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
69 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Extended Forecast
Friday, May 27: 96 AQI Moderate Ozone
75 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

 

Here are some Air Quality Action Day tips you can follow to help reduce pollution:

Days when ozone levels are expected to be high:

* Conserve electricity and set your air conditioner at a higher temperature.
* Choose a cleaner commute—share a ride to work or use public transportation. Bicycle or walk to errands when possible.
* Refuel cars and trucks after dusk.
* Combine errands and reduce trips.
* Limit engine idling.
* Use household, workshop, and garden chemicals in ways that keep evaporation to a minimum, or try to delay using them when poor air quality is forecast.

Days when particle pollution levels are expected to be high:

* Reduce or eliminate fireplace and wood stove use.
* Avoid using gas-powered lawn and garden equipment.
* Avoid burning leaves, trash and other materials.

 

This forecast is brought to you by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and the Air Quality Partnership of the Susquehanna Valley.

* For more information on the health effects of PM 2.5 and ozone, visit the EPA Airnow website.

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