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Waste Management Fined For Excessive Idling

waste_management.jpgThe EPA has cited Waste Management of Massachusetts Inc. for exceeding the state’s five minute idling limit.

Waste Management was fined $27,200 for excessive idling at its Stoughton, Taunton and West Boylston, Mass. depots.

The EPA has collected a total of $329,500 in penalties for idling violations from Capitol Waste Services, Allied Waste Services, and Waste Management.

Five New England states have idling laws: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. The EPA has authority to help enforce idling limits in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

In the 2008 fiscal year, the EPA has required polluters to spend an estimated $11 billion on pollution controls, clean-up and environmental projects — an all time record for the EPA.

Last year, the Department of Energy estimated that long-haul trucks idle 500 to 35,00 hours a year, consuming up to a billion gallons of diesel fuel a year.

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  1. This is Lynn Brown, vice president of corporate communications at Waste Management. I came across your post and wanted to clarify that we take these issues very seriously. WM, both in Massachusetts and around the country, is committed to complying with the federal and state laws that apply to any of our operations. We’re continually working to make sure unnecessary idling does not occur be retraining our drivers, doing morning walk-throughs, and more. In addition, we announced today that we have made a step forward toward attaining our goal of reducing our fleet emissions by 15% by 2020. We are field testing four prototype parallel hydraulic trucks in our fleet in Ft. Worth, Texas. These vehicles show great promise for the waste industry and we hope to spur innovation in creating more efficient engines for waste trucks.

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