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What is EPA doing about diesel idling?  Where can I find out information about diesel idling regulations?

Information about idling and diesel exhaust may be found through EPA Region 1: http://www.epa.gov/region1/eco/diesel/idling.html

The Office of Transportation and Air Quality's Clean School Bus program lists anti-idling regulations and other links in regard to anti-idling laws at:  http://www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus/antiidling.htm

 The SmartWay Transport Partnership is a voluntary collaboration between EPA and the freight industry to conserve fuel, reduce emissions, and improve transportation supply chain efficiency. SmartWay "makes the business case" for how companies shipping products, and the carriers that move those products, can improve their environmental profile while saving money and time.

For information on Smartway, visit their websitehttp://www.epa.gov/smartway/ 

According to the American Transportation Research Institute, approximately 15 states and dozens of local counties have promulgated laws that restrict the amount of time that a vehicle can idle its main engine.  In April 2006, EPA compiled a list of state and local anti-idling laws (may be found on National Service Center for Environmental Publications: nepis.epa.gov)  (PDF, 102 pages, 506K) (EPA420-B-06-004, April 2006).  Since the publication of this document, new state and local anti-idling laws may have been passed, and existing laws may have been modified.  For a continually updated list of state and local laws, see the American Transportation Research Institute's (ATRI's) current list of state and local laws. More information may be found on their website: http://www.atri-online.org/research/idling/ATRI_Idling_Compendium  

You may also want to contact your state and local authorities directly about regulations that pertain specifically to where you live.

For information on what EPA is doing about diesel emissions and potential health effects, please view the following FAQ:

Are there potential health effects associated with diesel emissions?  What is EPA doing about diesel emissions?: http://publicaccess.supportportal.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=23012&task=knowledge&questionID=14200

You may also wish to view the Web sites from other federal agencies:

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) idle reduction techniques: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/air_quality/cmaq/reference/idle_reduction/

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Program on idle reduction: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/vehiclesandfuels/resources/fcvt_national_idling.html


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  • Topic #: 23002-22315
  • Date Created: 11/22/2005
  • Last Modified Since: 8/7/2014
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