New Mexico eyes truck idling limit to cut greenhouse gases

| Tuesday, January 08, 2008

New Mexico is the latest state to consider a truck idling limit.

According to The Associated Press, the New Mexico Environment Department is working on a proposed idling limit for commercial trucks that weigh 16,001 pounds and more.

Gov. Bill Richardson signed an executive order in 2006 to cut the state’s greenhouse gas emissions to 75 percent below 2000 levels by the year 2050. Richardson also created a Climate Change Action Implementation Team to implement the order.

Florida, Minnesota and Colorado all have moved to develop idling limits in recent months as part of broader greenhouse gas emission reduction initiative, and California’s recent implementation of a five-minute limit has drawn attention.

The New Mexico Environment Department plans to hold four informational open houses in January regarding the idling limits, including:

  • In Santa Fe, NM, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, in Conference Room 240 at the New Mexico Environment Department at the Air Quality Bureau, located at 1301 Siler Road, Building B;
  • In Mesilla, NM, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, in the Board of Trustees Rom at the Mesilla Town Hall, located at 2231 Avenida de Mesilla;
  • In Gallup, NM, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Octavia Fellin Public Library Meeting Room, 115 W. Hill Ave.; and
  • In Santa Rosa, NM, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the City Hall meeting room, located at 244 S. 4th St.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer
charlie_morasch@landlinemag.com

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