As part of its SmartWay Transport Partnership, the EPA is seeking public comment regarding the development of national standards of electrification at truck stops in a continuing effort to reduce idling. The Federal Register notice has a deadline for comment of Oct. 9. This will support industry efforts to streamline integration of idling reduction technologies into their vehicles.
In related news, the EPA also awarded $50,000 to fund an interagency study of truck drivers’ exposure to harmful air pollutants at truck stops. These pollutants are largely resultant from idling truck engines. The study will be conducted by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee. The SmartWay Transport Partnership and the EPA’s commitment to reducing idling are part of a developing initiative targeting stronger diesel emissions standards.