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    Community meetings are generally held at Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, PA

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The Clean Power Plan – Where is it now?

PPL Brunner Island stack

What is going on with the 2015 EPA Clean Power Plan?  The Clean Air Board will discuss the current status of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.  President Trump has announced his intention to repeal the plan.  Can he do so?   EPA is holding listening sessions and will keep open a public comment period until April 26, 2018.   Learn more about the current status and the contentious issues.

Join us at the Clean Air Board community meeting  – 7 pm  March 1, 2018, Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, PA  17013

Last Requirement of Anti-Idling Law to Take Effect May 1, 2010: Sentinel News

Last Requirement of Anti-Idling Law to Take Effect May 1, 2010

April 30, 2010: The Sentinel News

Staff Reports

The last part of Pennsylvania’s Diesel-Powered Motor Vehicle Idling Act will take effect Saturday, taking away the temporary exemption allowing long-haul trucks to idle during mandated rest periods.

The exemption was included in the law to give operators time to install battery-operated heaters or small onboard generators, so that they would not rely on engine idling for cabin heat or cooling. All trucks and buses will now be limited to five minutes of idling in any hour, unless equipped with a new cleaner engine with a California sticker.

Signs and posters will go up along the Pennsylvania Turnpike and interstate highways reminding truck drivers of the state’s “No-Idle” law.

“We expect the No-Idle Law to improve air quality near truck stops and rest areas,” said Thomas Au, president of the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania. “By restricting idling for trucks and buses, the law will reduce the public’s exposure to diesel emissions that can cause asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis.”

CAB helped enact the law in 2008, many of whose requirements became effective last year.

Limiting Truck Idling Time: Patriot News Editorial

October 31, 2006: The Patriot-News

Limiting Truck Idling Time



It’s pretty hard not to draw a connection between the large presence of trucking and warehousing in the Harrisburg region and poor air quality. The time is at hand, if not overdue, for Pennsylvania to join the growing number of states in adopting regulations limiting the time trucks can idle during long breaks at rest stops.

CAB Asks State Regulators to Cut Idling by Trucks: Patriot News

October 19, 2006: The Patriot-News

Cut Idling by Trucks, Group Asks Regulators

by Charles Thompson


Living in the midstate means co-existing with a lot of trucks. But a Carlisle-based group is aiming to curb the pollutants coming from tractor-trailers. The Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania yesterday came to the state Capitol seeking a new statewide regulation to limit the time tractor-trailers can spend idling at rest stops. The group submitted a petition for rules on idling to the state Department of Environmental Protection. The group’s proposed regulations, inspired by rules in 12 other states, would restrict truck idling to five minutes per hour — deemed a sufficient time to heat or cool an occupied truck cabin. For the first few years, trucks would be permitted to idle for prolonged periods when the outside temperature was below 40 degrees or above 80 degrees and no idle-reduction technology was available.

President Obama follows Pennsylvania’s lead

Letter from David Masur, PennEnvironment Director

Four years ago, PennEnvironment activists helped convince state officials to set tougher emissions standards for cars and trucks in Pennsylvania, securing a historic victory for Pennsylvania’s environment and public health.

Last week, the White House followed our lead. On April 1, the Obama administration announced landmark auto emission standards based on the state-level standards in Pennsylvania and 13 other states.

PennEnvironment applauded these standards, as did the New York Times. [1] The new standards will save Pennsylvania roughly 400 million gallons of gasoline by 2016 as compared to previous federal regulations, while cutting global warming pollution and providing a net economic savings to consumers.

But last week’s federal victory for clean cars couldn’t have happened without the leadership of states like Pennsylvania — a point our energy and clean air advocate, Nathan Willcox, made in an opinion piece in the Harrisburg Patriot-News. And the Pennsylvania victory would not have been possible without the support of activists like you. Now we all get to reap the rewards: less pollution, decreased dependence on oil, and savings at the pump!

So pat yourself on the back and join me in savoring this victory. And as always, thank you for your support.


David Masur
PennEnvironment Director

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