DEP to Fund Anti-Idling Law Education
New Idling Law to Improve Air Quality in Heavily-Used Travel Corridors
The EPA outreach assistance grants will be used to educate heavy-duty diesel vehicle operators, commercial vehicle location operators and local officials on the environmental and economic effects of unnecessary idling and the availability of idling reduction technology.
“These grants will fund education for diesel vehicle operators and related businesses in those areas of southeastern, south-central and southwestern
Signed last October by Governor
The three organizations receiving diesel idling outreach grants are:
Clean Air Board of
Clean Air Council,
Group Against Smog and Pollution,
Hanger added that the new idling restrictions will save the owners of these vehicles billions of dollars each year in fuel costs while reducing America’s dependence on foreign sources of oil.
“At a time when business owners are struggling to contain operational costs, heavy-duty diesel vehicles nationwide will waste nearly
Modern diesel engines do not require long warm-up or cool-down periods or constant idling in order to operate efficiently. Common alternatives to idling when heating, air conditioning or power is needed are auxiliary power systems and stationary idle reduction technologies. Auxiliary power systems are devices installed on vehicles to provide electric power. Stationary idle reduction technology provides some type of plug-in system at locations where vehicles park.
The DEP’s Small Business Advantage Grant program has assisted small trucking operations with more than
Other investments by the commonwealth, in conjunction with those by private enterprises, have created electrified truck-stop parking spaces at 11 locations across the state. For an online map of system locations, visit www.idleaire.com and click on “Locations.”
For more information on the Diesel-Powered Motor Vehicle Idling Act, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: Diesel Idling.
CONTACT: Tom Rathbun (717) 787-1323
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection