The 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.