- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. agreed to implement a national idle-reduction plan and to pay a $50,000 fine to settle idling violations brought by the New England regional office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), reported Fleet User.
Under the settlement, Wal-Mart will implement its idle-reduction program at all its facilities in the U.S. whether state anti-idling regulations are in place or not. As a result of a targeted EPA investigation, inspectors had observed trucks both owned and contracted by Wal-Mart idling for long periods of time at six different Wal-Mart properties in Connecticut and Massachusetts, two of six states that have anti-idling regs on the books as federally enforceable rules to comply with national clean air laws. Massachusetts law generally prohibits idling over five minutes, while Connecticut has a three-minute idling restriction in effect. The agency estimates that 7,000 idling trucks in Wal-Mart's fleet idling for one hour per day would burn 2.1 million gallons of diesel fuel per year, create 415 tons of smog-forming pollutants, 10 tons of particulate matter and 23,000 tons of carbon dioxide.