Anti-Idling Regs Aim to Cut Smog

By this summer, idling trucks, buses and other transportation equipment for more than 5 minutes each hour could be illegal in Pennsylvania. The Allegheny Front's Lisa Ann Pinkerton reports.

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Pennsylvania's Environmental Quality Board is reviewing a proposed Anti-Idling regulation. The state says the practice emits Nitrogen Oxide, volatile organic compounds and fine particles. It's estimated that 13 thousand commercial trucks idle every day in Pennsylvania, mostly during federally mandated rest periods to heat and cool sleeping compartments. Instead of idling, Ron Ruman a spokesman at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says the state is offering grant money to truck stops to offer electricity to truck drivers.

RUMAN: There's technology where truckers can plug in their vehicle to power the amenities and there are also alternative power units and those are attached to the vehicle and those can provide heating or cooling.

The regulation that would go into effect in 2010, offers exemptions for loading and unloading as well as extreme temperatures. A public hearing on the statewide Anti-Idling regulation will be held in Pittsburgh on February 15th.

For the Allegheny Front, I'm Lisa Ann Pinkerton