EPA fines waste hauler for idling in Massachusetts

| 11/5/2008

The Environmental Protection Agency has fined a trash hauling company in Massachusetts for exceeding the state’s five-minute idling limit.

Waste Management of Massachusetts Inc., was fined $27,200 for excessive idling at its depots in Stoughton, Taunton and West Boylston, MA.

The EPA has collected $329,500 in idling penalties from Capitol Waste Services, Allied Waste Services and Waste Management.

Waste Management Inc., is the largest solid waste hauling company in the country, serving more than 25 million customers across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. In 2007 and 2008, the EPA inspected several truck parking locations to reduce habitual and systematic idling by fleets, especially in highly populated areas.

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

The EPA has required polluters in the 2008 fiscal year to spend about $11 billion on pollution controls, cleanup and environmental projects, which is an all-time record for the agency.

For more information, visit www.epa.gov/region1/eco/diesel/idling.html.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer