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Quality of Life and Development

RECONCILING QUALITY OF LIFE AND DEVELOPMENT, April 26, 2016

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A growing number of municipalities are looking for ways to reconcile local quality of life consistent with new development, including redevelopment.  In this program, panel speakers will describe the best practices that municipalities are employing, what legal authority they are using to do so, and what processes municipalities that seek to follow this approach can use to enhance participation.  The target audience is elected officials, solicitors, developers, planners, and interested citizens.

WHEN: April 26, 2016, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

WHERE:  Widener University Commonwealth Law School, 3737 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110

COST:  $20 registration fee.

The program is cosponsored by Widener University Environmental Law and Sustainability Center and the Clean Air Board.

Register at Widener Law Events page  You can pay the registration fee on-line or by check at the conference.

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Volkswagen’s “Clean Diesel” Emissions – What Went Wrong?

Recently, Volkswagen admitted that it had programmed its clean diesel engines to turn on full emissions controls only when the car was in test mode. This enabled VW diesel cars to pass emissions testing, but did not reflect real emissions during on-the-road driving conditions.  High nitrogen oxide emissions resulted, which was discovered by a West Virginia University researcher.

Kevin Stewart, American Lung Association’s Director of Environmental Health in the Mid-Atlantic Region, will explain how Volkswagen illegally bypassed emission controls and increased air pollution from these diesel vehicles.  Join us at our community meeting at Second Presbyterian Church, October 1, 7 pm.

For additional information, go to:  NYTimes – Volkswagen Recall

Pennsylvania’s Clean Power Plan – What Would You Tell the Governor?

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection is holding listening sessions around the state to solicit comments about the EPA’s Clean Power rules, which were finalized this summer.  DEP would like to hear from you about your concerns and the means to achieve Pennsylvania’s targets for carbon reductions.  There is an upcoming listening session in York on Oct. 5, 2015,(2-5 pm) at  the Wyndham Garden, 2000 Loucks Road, York, PA  17408

Learn about the Clean Power Plan at our community meeting and tell us the points you want the Governor to hear if you cannot attend the DEP listening session.

CAB community meeting, Thurs. May 15

Come hear why environmental groups are concerned that DEP’s proposed smog plan could allow more pollution than there is now!   Tom Schuster of Sierra Club will talk about this and address what we all can do about it at the Clean Air Board community meeting.

The Department of Environmental Protection announced a plan for how they will regulate ozone pollution. Public comments are due in June. This affects us — our area does not meet the EPA ozone standards!

The CAB meeting will be Thursday, May 15, at 7 pm., at the Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle.

Clean Air Board asks DEP to examine Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

At the invitation of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Clean Air Board submitted comments on adopting state plans under the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon emissions.   On Dec. 9, 2013, the DEP held a listening session to hear from environmental organizations on how to implement Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, which would require state plans to curb carbon emissions once EPA adopts carbon emission limits for new power plants.

CAB’s comments urge DEP to look at the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – undertaken by nine states (but not including Pennsylvania) – as a model for reducing carbon emissions.  According to RGGI: “The experience in the RGGI states shows the magnitude of emission reductions possible from the power sector: a projected 50% decline in tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and a fossil fuel-fired generation fleet that is projected to achieve emission rates on par with the recently proposed new source performance standard for new electric generating units.”

Click for  the full text of CAB comments to DEP

The Sentinel editorial, May 5, 2013

More than 40 people gathered around a large table in Carlisle Thursday night doing something very important: They talked.

They talked about the lasting, damaging effects of Cumberland County’s toxic air at a public forum hosted by the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania, an event spurred by The Sentinel’s three-day special report about air quality. Their attendance — not to mention their great ideas — is a sign that many in this area are serious about the issue even if our politicians appear not to be.

Many of those in attendance expressed their frustration that elected officials took a pass on dealing with the issue.

Read more:

http://cumberlink.com/news/opinion/editorial/our-view-our-air-a-grassroots-effort-reborn/article_5184199e-b425-11e2-bc60-0019bb2963f4.html

The Job-Creating Mercury Rule

New York Times – Published: February 22, 2012

After 20 years of delay and litigation by polluters, the Obama administration approved in December one of the most important rules in the history of the Clean Air Act. It will require power plants to reduce emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants by more than 90 percent in the next five years and is expected to prevent as many as 11,000 premature deaths annually from asthma, other respiratory diseases and heart attacks.  More …

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/opinion/the-job-creating-mercury-rule.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

The Diesel Powered Motor Vehicle Idling Act – General Restriction on Idling

Section 3.  Restrictions on idling.

(a) Restrictions.–No driver or owner of a diesel-powered motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of 10,001 pounds or more engaged in commerce shall cause and no owner or operator of the location where the vehicle loads, unloads or parks shall allow the engine of the vehicle to idle for more than five minutes in any continuous 60-minute period, except as provided under subsections (b) and (c).

(b) Exclusions.–The idling restrictions set forth in subsection (a) do not apply to motor homes, commercial implements of husbandry, implements of husbandry, farm equipment or farm vehicles.

(c) Exemptions.–A diesel-powered motor vehicle with a gross weight of 10,001 pounds or more may idle beyond the time allowed in subsection (a) for one or more of the following reasons:

(1) When a vehicle idles while forced to remain motionless because of on-highway traffic, an official traffic control device or signal or at the direction of a law enforcement official.

(2) When a vehicle must idle to operate defrosters, heaters, air conditioners or cargo refrigeration equipment, or to install equipment, in order to prevent a safety or health emergency and not for the purpose of a rest period, or as otherwise necessary to comply with manufacturers’ operating requirements, specifications and warranties in accordance with Federal or State motor carrier safety regulations or local requirements.

(3) When a police, fire, ambulance, public safety, military, utility service vehicle or other emergency or law enforcement vehicle or any vehicle being used in an emergency or public safety capacity shall idle while in an emergency or training mode and not for the convenience of the driver.

(4) When the primary propulsion engine idles for maintenance, particulate matter trap regeneration, servicing or repair of the vehicle or for vehicle diagnostic purposes, if idling is required for that activity.

(5) When a vehicle idles as part of a Federal or State inspection to verify that all equipment is in good working order, if idling is required as part of the inspection.

(6) When idling of a primary propulsion engine is necessary to power work-related mechanical, safety or electrical operations other than propulsion. This exemption shall not apply when idling is done for cabin comfort or to operate nonessential onboard equipment.

(7) When idling of a primary propulsion engine is necessary as part of a security inspection either entering or exiting a facility.

(8) When an armored vehicle must idle when a person remains inside the vehicle to guard contents or while the vehicle is being loaded or unloaded.

(9) When a vehicle must idle due to mechanical difficulties over which the driver has no control, if the vehicle owner submits the repair paperwork or product repair verifying that the mechanical problem has been fixed, by mail to the department within 30 days of the repair.

(10) When a bus, school bus or school vehicle must idle to provide heating or air conditioning when non-driver passengers are onboard. For the purposes of this exemption, the bus, school bus or school vehicle may idle for no more than a total of 15 minutes in a continuous 60-minute period, except when idling is necessary to maintain a safe temperature for students with special needs who are transported by a school bus or school vehicle.

(11) An occupied vehicle with a sleeper-berth compartment that idles for purposes of air conditioning or heating during a rest or sleep period and the outside temperature at the location of the vehicle is less than 40 degrees or greater than 75 degrees Fahrenheit at any time during the rest or sleep period. This applies to a motor vehicle subject to this act parked in any place that the vehicle is legally permitted to park, including but not limited to, a fleet trucking terminal, commercial truck stop or designated rest area. This exemption expires May 1, 2010. This exemption does not apply if the vehicle is parked at a location equipped with stationary idle reduction technology that is available for use at the start of the rest period.

(12) When idling is necessary for sampling, weighing, active loading or active unloading or for an attended motor vehicle waiting for sampling, weighing, loading or unloading. For the purposes of this exemption, the vehicle may idle for up to a total of 15 minutes in any continuous 60-minute period.

(13) When idling by a school bus or school vehicle off school property during queuing for the sequential discharge or pickup of students is necessary because the physical configuration of a school or the school’s surrounding streets does not allow for stopping.

(14) When idling is necessary for maintaining safe operating conditions while waiting for a police escort when transporting a load that requires the issuance of a permit in accordance with 75 Pa.C.S. Ch. 49 Subch. D (relating to special permits for excessive size and weight).

(15) When actively engaged in solid waste collection or the collection of source-separated recyclable materials. This exemption does not apply when a vehicle is not actively engaged in solid waste collection or the collection of source-separated recyclable materials.

(d) Exception.–The restriction on idling set forth in subsection (a) does not apply to a diesel-powered motor vehicle that exhibits a label issued by the California Air Resources Board under 13 CCR § 1956.8(a)(6)(C) (relating to exhaust emissions standards and test procedures – 1985 and subsequent model heavy- duty engines and vehicles) showing that the vehicle’s engine meets the optional NOx idling emission standard.

SEE CAB LIBRARY FOR FULL TEXT OF THE LAW