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Governor Wolf Announces $118 Million Volkswagen Settlement to Fund New Air Pollution Reduction Program

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the roll out of new grant and rebate programs to improve air quality in Pennsylvania funded by the $118 million settlement with Volkswagen Group of America, Pennsylvania’s share of the settlement for allegations of cheating on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions tests.

The new initiative, Driving PA Forward, is aimed at permanently reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions statewide by as much as 27,700 tons overall by accelerating the replacement of older, polluting diesel engines with cleaner technologies.
Emissions from diesel engines in trucks, buses, forklifts, and other transportation equipment account for over 25 percent of the NOx emissions in Pennsylvania. These emissions contribute to ground-level ozone, leading to poorer air quality and health impacts, especially for children and the elderly.”

Diesel emissions also include fine particulate matter (PM 2.5), which can lead to health problems such as asthma and worsen medical issues such as heart and lung disease and emphysema.
“Reducing smog and particle pollution is essential to maintaining healthy communities,” said Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine. “More than 380,000 children in Pennsylvania have asthma – something that is exacerbated by air pollution from diesel emissions. These grants and rebates will cut down on those emissions and help everyone breathe a little easier.”

Eight grant and rebate programs will be available over the next five years, with as much as $39 million available for disbursement in year one. Programs will be rolled out throughout 2018.

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How do we get clean air from the VW dirty diesel settlement? CAB discusses options

The Volkswagen cheating scandal was in the news last year. Now VW has agreed to put $14.7 billion into a settlement fund after it admitted to installing software that allowed 475,000 U.S. vehicles to emit up to 40 times legally allowable emissions. You have a say about how this trust money will be spent to improve air quality.  Join us on November 3, 7 pm,  in Carlisle to discuss the options.

Clean Air Board community meeting – Nov. 3, 7 pm, Second Presbyterian Church, Carlisle, PA 17013

Diesel soot is a major source of black carbon in the atmosphere

Burning Fuel Particles Do More Damage to Climate Than Thought, Study Says
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/16/science/earth/burning-fuel-particles-do-more-damage-to-climate-than-thought-study-says.html?_r=0
The tiny black particles released into the atmosphere by burning fuels are far more powerful agents of global warming than had previously been estimated, some of the world’s most prominent atmospheric scientists reported in a study issued on Tuesday.
The particles, which are known as black carbon and are the major component of soot, are the second most important contributor to global warming, according to the recent study.

No Idle Law Takes Effect May 1: abc27 News Coverage

Watch: abc27 News coverage, No Idle Law Takes Effect May 1

ABC 27 Talkback:
Carlisle, Pa. – Starting Saturday, trucks and buses will no longer be allowed to idle anywhere in the state of Pennsylvania.

The “No-Idle” law prohibits drivers from running their engines for more than five minutes each hour while they’re parked. It’s all part of an effort to improve air quality in the Commonwealth.

Enforcement will be up to municipal and state police, as well as the Department of Environmental Protection. Fines for non-compliance start at around $300.

“It’s probably going to be failure to follow a traffic sign, but we’re really going to be asking the trucking companies to help out with this too,” said Fritzi Schreffler, a PennDOT spokeswoman.

PennDOT started posting signs in 2009, but the law gave truckers an exemption until May 1 so they could equip their vehicles with battery-powered heaters or generators.

What is the Diesel Powered Motor Vehicle Idling Act? (PDF)

What is the Diesel Powered Motor Vehicle Idling Act? (PDF)

Read the Clean Air Board’s presentation about the Diesel Powered Motor Vehicle Idling Act. The presentation answers the following frequently asked questions:

What is the problem that the Act seeks to address?

What regulations to limit idling were proposed by the Clean Air Board?

What are the benefits?

What types of vehicles will be covered?

What is the general idling limit?

What are the exemptions?

Who is responsible, and who will enforce the Act?

What are the penalties for violation?

PA House Transportation Committee Public Hearing: Testimony of Allegheny County Health Department Air Quality Program

Testimony before the Pennsylvania State House of Representative’s Transportation Committee Public Hearing on SB-295 “Diesel-Powered Motor Vehicle Idling Act” (PDF)

April 10, 2008

Testimony by Thomas Lattner, Air Pollution Control Engineer with the Allegheny County Health Department Air Quality Program

New Diesel Fuel Hitting Pumps Nationwide On October 15, 2006 Cuts Pollution, Enables New Low-Emission Engine Technology: Diesel Technology Forum

October 10, 2006

Press Release: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Diesel Technology Forum (DTF)

Eight Million Cleaner Trucks and Buses Means Healthier Air for All

WASHINGTON (October 10, 2006) — Starting Sunday, operators of more than eight million diesel-powered trucks and buses plying America’s streets and highways will be able to fill up with a new, ultra-low sulfur fuel that is 97 percent cleaner than the old formulation it replaces. The new fuel, combined with innovative engine technology, will reduce diesel tailpipe pollution dramatically, with far-reaching clean air benefits, say both industry and environmental organizations.

Cleaner diesel fuel will immediately cut soot emissions from any diesel vehicle by 10 percent. But when combined with a new generation of engines hitting the road in January, it will enable emission reductions of up to 95 percent, according to theNatural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Diesel Technology Forum(DTF).

“Diesel is the invisible force that moves the American economy, but until now it has also been a big polluter,” said Richard Kassel, head of NRDC’s Clean Fuels and Vehicles Project. “Combining the new fuel with cleaner and more energy-efficient engines will mean healthier air and help reduce our dependence on oil.”

Diesel trucks move 94 percent of the nation’s goods — more than 18 million tons of freight each day. Half a million diesel buses take 14 million people to work and school. The new fuel opens the door for auto companies to begin offering cleanerdiesel cars that deliver greater fuel economy.

“Diesel vehicles have always been 20 to 40 percent more energy efficient than comparable gasoline engines,” said Allen Schaeffer, DTF executive director. “Withthe switch to cleaner fuel, consumers will see more fuel-efficient diesel cars, pick-ups and SUVs on showroom floors in the years to come.”

Improvements in both the fuel and the engines are required under new federal rules adopted by the Clinton administration and subsequently endorsed and implemented by the Bush administration. The policy was almost a decade in themaking, and involved close collaboration between regulators, oil refiners, engine manufacturers and public health advocates to achieve a cost-effective solution.

The diesel clean-up rivals the removal of lead from gasoline a generation ago. “This is what can be achieved when all sides agree to buckle down and hammer out real solutions,” Kassel said.

A new 2007 diesel truck will emit just one-sixtieth the soot exhaust of one produced in 1988. And thanks to the new fuel, owners of existing diesel vehicles will have the option to install new emission controls that can reduce soot emissions by more than 90 percent. Together, the new diesel technologies — cleaner fuel, advanced engines, and new emission controls — will play a leading role in helping cities and states meet new federal air quality standards over thecoming decade.

“Getting industry, environmentalists and regulators around the table together produced better, faster results for everyone involved,” Schaeffer added.

Clean, ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel is important because sulfur tends to hamper exhaust-control devices in diesel engines, much the same way lead once impededthe effectiveness of catalytic converters on gasoline cars. Removing the sulfur from diesel will help usher in a new generation of clean diesel technologyapplications across all vehicle types.

The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has 1.2 million members and online activists nationwide, served from offices in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting clean diesel technologies. Forum members include engine and vehicle manufacturers, diesel fuel refiners, and manufacturers of emissions control devices.