EPA Seeks to Reduce Engine Idling
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering grants of up to $200,000 to organizations that will work with truck fleets to reduce idling. Truckers tend to run air conditioners or heaters to keep truck cabs comfortable during rest breaks, but EPA and citizen groups say that truck idling unnecessarily wastes fuel and causes noise pollution. Grant money will go toward advancement of auxiliary power technologies or truck stop electrification systems, both of which reduce the need for a truck's engine to run while stopped. It will also apply to idling locomotives. The agency is accepting grant requests until Sept. 23.