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EPA and DOT announce new truck standards

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

Truck on a road
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.

Clarke Forum to host panel on future development in Carlisle

On January 30, Dickinson College’s Clarke Forum will host a panel discussion on the complex array of environmental and economic-development issues surrounding the evolution of the Carlisle area as a major logistics center with the associated construction of mega-warehouses and the concentration of truck traffic.

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

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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.


The Pennsylvania State Clean Diesel Grant Program

The goal of the grant program is to improve Pennsylvania’s air quality by decreasing emissions from diesel-powered transit and school bus fleets that operate throughout the Commonwealth.  The program will support projects that retrofit, re-power or replace diesel-powered fleet vehicles to lower emissions of pollutants; purchase and install idle reduction technology; or purchase clean alternatively-fueled fleet vehicles.  The grant announcement was published in the February 12, 2011, issue of the Pennsylvania Bulletin. (41 Pa.B. 908.)  The Department will be accepting applications beginning February 14 and closing on April 14, 2011.  For additional information, please refer to the Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria and the PA State Clean Diesel Grant Program Guidelines and Application.

PA Turnpike Opens No-Idle, Clean-Air Facility For Truckers at New Stanton Service Plaza June 4th

Pa. Turnpike Opens First No-Idle, Clean-Air Facility For Truckers at New Stanton Service Plaza Today

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Press Release

Truck Stop Electrification facility will help truckers comply with no-idling law.


Truck Stop Electrification facility (Ohio Environmental Council)

NEW STANTON, PA (06/04/2010)(readMedia)– The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) had a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier today to mark the opening of a Truck Stop Electrification (TSE) facility at its New Stanton Service Plaza at milepost 77.6 off the westbound lanes of I-76 in Westmoreland County.

The TSE, developed by CabAire LLC, Enfield, Conn., is comprised of towers equipped with modules that fit into truck cab windows to provide heat, air conditioning, internet, TV and electrical power to trucks and other diesel-powered vehicles while the engine is shut off.

Cost to use a TSE module will be about the same as a gallon of diesel fuel per hour. CabAire has agreed to provide the service free of charge for 30-days, from June 4 to July 4.

“We are incredibly proud to have constructed this facility – presently the only one of its kind in the state – on the Pennsylvania Turnpike,” said Turnpike CEO Joe Brimmeier. “This TSE is designed to help reduce pollution and land-development impacts to the neighborhoods surrounding our travel plaza, and it’s just one of several steps we’re taking to provide a greener environment.”

More about how to reduce idling from the US Department of Energy Idle Reduction Portal.

CABBIE Awards 2007: “Clean Air Board Bold Innovators for the Environment”

“Clean Air Board Bold Innovators for the Environment”

The ‘CABBIE’ is an award given by the Clean Air Board to people from the business community, medical community, schools or faith organizations in recognition of their leadership in addressing the air quality issue in our community.

From the Business Community:

Keen Transport, Inc.

Jesse Keen is Vice President of Keen Transport Inc., responsible for the purchase and maintenance of approximately 500 trucks and 1200 trailers that are owned and operated by Keen Transport, Cressler Trucking and PDQ Transport. From 1969 until October, 1999 he was president and owner of Keen Truck Rental & Leasing, a multi state leasing company that operated in excess of 2000 pieces of equipment. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Ameriquest, a national purchasing consortium of truck leasing and trucking companies. Jesse has served on numerous industry associations & trade groups, including president of Central Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association. Locally, he has served as Chairman of the annual United Way campaign & on the United Way Board. Most important for us, he serves as an advisor to the CAB executive board. From Jesse, we have been given a peek into the obstacles a driver faces while on the road as well as the maintenance, repair and cost of owning a fleet of trucks. A life long resident of Central Pennsylvania, he currently lives in Harrisburg with his wife Lorraine.

Pushing the transportation industry to take a leadership role in becoming part of the air quality solution, Jesse organized an educational symposium for area trucking firms and warehouse owners to raise awareness of the steps they can take to improve air quality. Jesse and Bill Keen have taken the lead in investing in the latest environmentally-friendly technology for their equipment, and have been active advocates to the DEP Environmental Quality Board for the CAB initiated state-wide anti-idling regulations.

For their leadership in showing their industry and us, how to be better stewards of the environment, Bill and Jesse Keen of Keen Transport, Inc. receive the CABBIE award.

From the Central Pennsylvania Community:

Dr. Russell and Jean Macaluso

Dr. Russell and Jean Macaluso asked us to convey this message for them:

After living in both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, the Macalusos were ready to live in a place that was not only beautiful but free of the stresses of city living. With two children in tow, Russ and Jean moved to Cumberland County seventeen years ago because it appeared to be an excellent area to work and raise a family. At that time, the landscape was more rural than urban and the presence of trucks was minimal.  Now that the warehousing and trucking industry has grown in leaps and bounds, changing the landscape and air quality, as health professionals, their concern for healthy air to breathe has increased as well.  They are interested both in gathering facts about the quality of the air we breathe and to do what they can to reduce the amount of pollution in the form of particulate matter in that same air.  They realize that they are doing this not only for their three children and future grandchildren but for this great community as well.

For stepping forward to allow the DEP to emplace an air quality monitor on their property, Dr. Russell and Jean Macaluso receive the CABBIE award.

From the Medical Community:

Dr. Philip Carey

Born in Gettysburg, Philip Carey received his undergraduate degree in biology from Harvard University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Carey received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1976 and received his Fellowship in Thoracic Medicine from Geisinger Medical Center in 1987. He has been a physician in Carlisle since 1980. He lives in Carlisle with his wife, Rebecca and son, Christian.

Dr. Carey gave us the impetus to start the Clean Air Board by writing the letter signed by over ¾ of the Cumberland County physicians, alerting the central Pennsylvania area residents to the dangers of PM2.5. He continues to raise the awareness of the public by giving presentations to elected officials, congregations, schools and organizations.

For his leadership in raising community awareness to the dangers of PM2.5, Dr. Carey receives the CABBIE award.

Drs. Jim and Marion Johnston

Jim and Marion Johnston are both retired physicians – Marion a retired pediatrician and Jim a former surgeon. They have resided in Carlisle for the past 42 years, and have been very involved in community groups, such as the Carlisle Theatre Board and Stevens Mental Health Center. The couple received the Molly Pitcher award for their community service. Marion and Jim have also spent a significant amount of time volunteering their medical services in third world countries such as Africa and Guatemala. They enjoy spending time with their five children and eleven grandchildren.

In the summer of 2005, after the EPA designated many areas around the country, including Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle and several other areas within Pennsylvania, as non-attainment for fine particulates , Jim and Marion raised the alarm in the medical community encouraging them to take action. They have been dependable supporters of CAB activities, still working behind the scenes to instigate action to improve our air quality.

For their leadership in sounding the first call to action on the dangers of PM2.5, Drs. Jim and Marion Johnston receive the CABBIE award.

Dr. David Masland

Dr. David Masland is a life-long resident of Cumberland County except for his time in medical school and serving his country in Panama. As a boy he used to ride horses to the top of the mountain and see clearly across the valley. As a young man he had the opportunity to study grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park and to learn falconry from the naturalists, Frank and John Craighead. His education and military service complete, David and Elizabeth – Trouble to her friends – came back home and raised their daughters, Janet and Kim, and their son, David, while practicing medicine. Now retired they have grandchildren they care about.  Dr. Masland has been the leading citizen of his generation in promoting conservation in our area, helping with all nature preservation efforts in recent memory.  Two summers ago Dr. Masland risked his reputation by placing his name on an open letter from physicians concerned with air pollution in Cumberland County.  You see, he was the one who took the crank calls.  Dr. Masland has received a number of awards for his good works but none of these awards have meant as much to him and his family as his resignation from the school board.  CAB wants to change that.  In the summer of 2005, Dr. Masland solicited area physicians’ support for the letter written by Dr. Phil Carey on the dangers of PM2.5. After receiving 106 signatures, he placed an ad in area newspapers to raise awareness and as a call for action. We want Dr. Masland to think of what he set in motion by publishing that open letter in the local newspapers every time he looks at this oak tree.  This monitor that we are celebrating today is a direct result of that letter.

For his leadership in organizing physicians to raise community awareness of the dangers of PM2.5, Dr. Masland receives the CABBIE award.

From the Religious Community:

Second Presbyterian Church

When Associate Pastor Jennifer McKenna read about Central Pennsylvania’s poor air quality in the advertisement published in area newspapers by physicians in August 2005, she inspired her church members to take action to address the problem. Second Presbyterian Church Sessions and members have continued to inspire and support the Clean Air Board while encouraging all congregations to join the Clean Air Board.

For its members’ unending support, which allowed the vision of CAB to become a reality, the Second Presbyterian Church receives the CABBIE Award.

From the Student Community:

Greg Ellerman

Greg graduated from Dickinson College in 2006 with an Environmental Science major. Born and raised in Newville, Pennsylvania, he feels fortunate to have attended college so close to his home and family. During the summer of 2006 Greg completed an academic internship which involved the new Dickinson Biodiesel project. Greg’s main objective for this project was to create a system for producing Biodiesel for use in all the college’s diesel equipment. Greg was instrumental in the entire process, from establishing contacts of local businesses to obtain used oil, picking up and delivering oil barrels, setting up the whole processing equipment, processing the oil and washing usable fuel. Now that he has completed his Dickinson degree, Greg hopes to attend Shippensburg University to begin his Masters degree in Geo. Environmental Studies. For now, Greg is enjoying working on the farm and riding horses.

For his efforts in bringing a more environmentally friendly alternative fuel to the Dickinson College community which helps improve all of our air quality, Greg Ellerman receives the CABBIE award.

Jensen Gelfond

Jensen Gelfond is a junior Environmental Studies major at Dickinson College. He originally hails from Long Valley, New Jersey, though his parents now live in the beautiful city of Asheville, North Carolina. For the past two semesters Jensen has completed research with CAB on solutions to diesel truck idling. On campus Jensen has worked for the past 5 semesters as an Environmental Sustainability intern, implementing programs to aid in Dickinson’s recycling, waste reduction, and global warming awareness programs. Last semester he participated in Dickinson’s integrated environmental studies watershed semester, where he spent a month traveling to Louisiana to study marsh wetland loss and Hurricane Katrina. He resides in Dickinson’s Center for Sustainable Living, which is an environmentally friendly intentional community on Dickinson’s campus. When not stumping for the environment, Jensen enjoys backpacking, racquetball, and listening to baseball on the radio.

He has done two research papers for not only his classes, but for the CAB. The first paper is called Legislative and Technology Solutions to Truck-Generated Diesel Particulate Pollution in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania and another paper that will be completed soon is called Reducing Diesel Truck Idling in Pennsylvania: An Examination of a Proposed Statewide Anti-Idling Regulation. Jensen received national attention from Argonne National Labs, who read his paper, “Legislative and Technological Solutions to Truck-Generated Diesel Particulate Pollution In Cumberland County, Pennsylvania” after it was posted on the CAB website. CAB used some of his research for our presentations.

For his efforts implementing the latest environmentally friendly programs for Dickinson College and for sharing his research papers with us, Jensen Gelfond receives the CABBIE award.