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EPA Fines School Bus Company 438K For 'Excessive Idling'
CNSNews.com ^ | April 10, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington

Posted on 04/11/2012 9:19:49 AM PDT by CNSNews.com

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforced nearly $500,000 in fines and mandatory “environmental projects” on a school bus contractor for “excessive idling,” and as part of its anti-idling campaign to reduce the carbon footprint of school buses waiting to pick up children for their routes.

“As part of a settlement for alleged excessive diesel idling in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Durham School Services will commit to reduce idling from its school bus fleet of 13,900 buses operating in 30 states,” read an EPA press release on Tuesday.

The EPA says an agency inspector two years ago spotted buses of the Durham School Services, the second largest school bus transportation contractor in the country, “idling for extended periods of time” in school lots in New England.

“The inspector observed some buses idling for close to two hours before departing the bus lot to pick up school children,” it said. State rules limit idling to three minutes in Connecticut and five minutes in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, where the infractions occurred.

Durham reached a settlement for the violation and agreed to pay $90,000 in penalties. It also agreed to pay for $348,000 worth of environmental projects, including implementing a national training and management program “to prevent excessive idling from its entire fleet of school buses.”

Under the program Durham must require its supervisors to “monitor idling in school bus lots, post anti-idling signs in areas where drivers congregate, and notify the school districts it serves of its anti-idling policy.”

The EPA’s enforcement is part of its broader national campaign aimed at reducing idling among public school bus fleets. The federal agency claims a bus whose engine is running while stationary consumes about one-half gallon of fuel per hour.

“By reducing the idling time of each bus in its fleet by one hour per day, Durham would reduce its fuel use by 1.25 million gallons per year and avoid emitting 28 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year,” the release stated, adding, “Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.”

According to the EPA, as of 2006, 30 states plus the District of Columbia had either state, county or local anti-idling regulations in place, with the city of Philadelphia setting the maximum allowable time for diesel powered motor vehicles at two consecutive minutes.

The EPA Web site even provides a “do it yourself kit” for those wishing to bring the anti-idling campaign to their school district, providing brochures, posters, a “Teacher’s Guide for use in reinforcing key messages of the Idle-Reduction campaign,” and pledge cards for drivers that read, “I’m doing my share for clean air.”

Also available for order are bus driver key chains “that can be used by bus drivers daily to remind them that they hold the key to a healthier ride,” and a five-minute training video entitled “Reducing School Bus Idling: The Key to a Healthier Ride.” Also referenced is California’s 2003 anti-idling regulation that bus drivers must to turn off their vehicle within 100 feet of a school and must not turn the bus back on more than 30 seconds before beginning to depart – or face a minimum penalty of $100.

The EPA suggests purchasing block engine pre-heaters, which cost approximately $1,200 to $1,500 each, to reduce idling and warm up engines and passenger compartments during colder months. Also available are Compartment/Engine Block Heaters that cost approximately $2,300 to $2,500.

The EPA claims the diesel emitted from school buses pollutes the air, wastes fuel, causes excess engine wear, and is harmful to children’s health.

“Children, especially those suffering from asthma or other respiratory ailments, are particularly vulnerable to diesel exhaust,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office, in announcing the fines levied on Durham.

“EPA is pleased with this settlement, which will dramatically limit school bus idling and help protect the health of school children in dozens of communities across the country,” he said.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: epa

1 posted on 04/11/2012 9:19:56 AM PDT by CNSNews.com
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One of these days we are going to idle the EPA.


2 posted on 04/11/2012 9:21:40 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Over half of U.S. murders are of black people, and 90% of them are committed by other black people.)
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“The EPA suggests purchasing block engine pre-heaters, which cost approximately $1,200 to $1,500 each, to reduce idling and warm up engines and passenger compartments during colder months. Also available are Compartment/Engine Block Heaters that cost approximately $2,300 to $2,500.”

Does the EPA know that it takes some other source of power to run these pre-heaters?


3 posted on 04/11/2012 9:23:10 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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If you were to consider the amount of exhaust emitted by the lines of cars stuck behind the typical government swill bus, the emissions the buses themselves make would be statistically insignificant.


4 posted on 04/11/2012 9:23:25 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: CNSNews.com

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforced nearly $500,000 in fines and mandatory “environmental projects” on a school bus contractor for “excessive idling,” and as part of its anti-idling campaign to reduce the carbon footprint of school buses waiting to pick up children for their routes.

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No problem. Just pass these costs on to the school district, i.e., the taxpayers.

/s


5 posted on 04/11/2012 9:27:23 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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Let’s improve the overall health of the school population and make most of them walk. I’ll bet a 50% reduction in the school bus fleet would do wonders to reduce pollution.


6 posted on 04/11/2012 9:29:28 AM PDT by Truth29
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‘Excessive Idling’ is in the U.S. Constitution right next to abortion, penumbra, privacy, seat belts, child car seats, spotted owls, 1.6 gallon per flush, etc.

Isn’t it amazing that the Founding Fathers knew about all this stuff a long time ago?


7 posted on 04/11/2012 9:30:22 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: caver

The “thinking” (shame on me for using that term in conjunction with EPA a-holes) is that such devices would draw power directly from the grid, which as a centralized source of power, is easier to control than many little idling engines. It’s true, in theory. However, it also draws power off a grid that is really not growing like it needs to. Build a few zillion nukes, and I’d be all for things like this....


8 posted on 04/11/2012 9:30:44 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: CNSNews.com

This brings to mind Rick Perry and the gubmmint agencies he would get rid of.

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Perry was discussing his jobs plan and his flat tax plan when he said: “And I will tell you, it is three agencies of government when I get there that are gone. Commerce, Education, and the... what’s the third one there? Let’s see.”

Perry then paused and there was audible laughter in the room. Texas Rep. Ron Paul then chimed in “You need five,” to which Perry responded, “Oh, five, OK. So Commerce, Education, and the...”

Romney then suggested, “EPA?” to which Perry responded, “EPA, there you go, no...” with laughter from the candidate and the audience.

Moderator John Harwood from CNBC then asked, “Seriously, is the EPA the one you were talking about?”

“No, sir, no, sir. We were talking about the agencies of government — the EPA needs to be rebuilt. There’s no doubt about that,” Perry responded.

“But you can’t name the third one?” Harwood asked.

“The third agency of government I would, I would do away with, the Education, the... Commerce and, let’s see,” Perry said, as his brain freeze continued.

Finally, Perry gave up, saying: “I can’t. The third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops.”


9 posted on 04/11/2012 9:30:59 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: caver

The pre-heaters will be powered by windmills, except when the wind isn’t blowing, and by solar cells, except when there is cloud cover. So, if it happens to be one of those overcast winter days without at least 10mph winds, you’ll have to accept that the busses will be sent on their way without proper engine heating and oil circulation, thus causing excessive wear and greater occupancy in land fills of dead bus engines. The EPA will then fine the bus companies for excessive use of landfills.


10 posted on 04/11/2012 9:31:31 AM PDT by Pecos (O.K., joke's over. Time to bring back the Constitution.)
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11 posted on 04/11/2012 9:33:20 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
One of these days we are going to idle the EPA.

Until that time, someone has to take a stand against such abusive authority. If this were my company, I would shut it down, lay off all the workers, sell the buses and any remaining inventory, move my assets offshore, and tell the EPA to go to hell.

12 posted on 04/11/2012 9:34:16 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: CNSNews.com

Bump


13 posted on 04/11/2012 9:35:38 AM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: CNSNews.com

This horrible problem would be solved if only the government owned and ran the school bus companies. Capitalism is to blame yet again.


14 posted on 04/11/2012 9:35:48 AM PDT by JimSEA
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15 posted on 04/11/2012 9:37:01 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: CNSNews.com

Besides the EPA, we need to get rid of the California Clean Air Act. I used to have a gas can with a simple spout and never once in 40+ years did I ever spill so much as a drop of gasoline. Now we have these stupid spring loaded environmental spouts that cannot be worked without pouring as much gas on the ground as you get in the gas tank. Plus, at the end of the season, you can’t put the old gas in you car to burn it up so you can get fresh gas in the spring. The stupid spout won’t work with a car.


16 posted on 04/11/2012 9:37:48 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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To: CNSNews.com
Chances that the EPA will finally be dragged back to sanity or even dissolved under Obama? Zero. Chances that the EPA will finally be dragged back to sanity or even dissolved under Romney? Zero.

Our political class wants an all-powerful EPA issuing idiotic, surreal statements about how pleased they are to impose hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines on school buses which idle their motors too much. The Tea Party has a lot of work to do before 2016 and so does every American who realizes that our government is in the hands of power-hungry control-freaks and nanny-staters.
17 posted on 04/11/2012 9:38:21 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: CNSNews.com

As any ex-school bus driver can tell you, in the winter as you are waiting for students, the engine is running or the students and/or driver is freezing.


18 posted on 04/11/2012 9:39:54 AM PDT by Zathras
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To: CNSNews.com

As any ex-school bus driver can tell you, in the winter as you are waiting for students, the engine is running or the students and/or driver is freezing.


19 posted on 04/11/2012 9:40:24 AM PDT by Zathras
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Home schooled children don’t need school buses.


20 posted on 04/11/2012 9:42:12 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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...1.25 million gallons per year and avoid emitting 28 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year...

Am I reading this right or do I need some more coffee? One and a quarter gallons of gasoline emits 28 pounds of carbon dioxide? Is that right?

21 posted on 04/11/2012 9:44:25 AM PDT by jeffc (Prayer. It's freedom of speech.)
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I question the ‘right’ of this agency to ‘fine’ any company - across state lines. If a state wants to have anti-idling laws, this is allowed.

I do not see the US Constitution authorizing an unelected body, to ‘fine’ private inter-state companies.


22 posted on 04/11/2012 9:46:45 AM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: Truth29

“Let’s improve the overall health of the school population and make most of them walk.”

Back in the Fifties, I had my choice; walk or ride. Only rode in really crappy weather, as I knew a great shortcut to school. But all the kids in my neighborhood would walk to the corner of my street, and all be picked up at once. Now the buses stop at every kid’s house. The bus rides take forever! And they really tie up the roads.


23 posted on 04/11/2012 9:50:00 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: andy58-in-nh
Go Galt. Actually, TransCanada Pipelines should take this approach. BHO has "approved" the southern portion of the line and blocked the northern portion. They should tell the government its all or nothing.

What can Obama do to a Canadian company? EPA, IRS, ATF goons are not welcome in Canada.

24 posted on 04/11/2012 9:52:00 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: caver

“Does the EPA know that it takes some other source of power to run these pre-heaters?”

Oh, no problem...attach a pinwheel-powered generator to the side mirror. Problem solved.

There is no way that the heat of an engine pre-heater will heat the entire interior of a bus. There simply aren’t enough BTU’s. That’s an engineering problem, which is far beyond the ability of anybody at the EPA to even begin to comprehend.

Fire them ALL.


25 posted on 04/11/2012 9:57:06 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: CNSNews.com
"By reducing the idling time of each bus in its fleet by one hour per day, Durham would reduce its fuel use by 1.25 million gallons per year and avoid emitting 28 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year,” the release stated, adding, “Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.”

More gibberish. This statement assumes each bus is currently idling for more than one hour every day.

26 posted on 04/11/2012 9:57:39 AM PDT by Mr. Bird
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57 states and 11 Commandments.

XI: Thou Shalt Not Idle


27 posted on 04/11/2012 9:57:51 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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rogue agency....


28 posted on 04/11/2012 10:26:29 AM PDT by varmintman
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Just have the bus drive slow down and throw the door open and have the kids run to catch up with it. Two birds, one stone. No more idling busses and exercise for the kids.


29 posted on 04/11/2012 11:01:24 AM PDT by bgill
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To: andy58-in-nh

“If this were my company, I would shut it down, lay off all the workers, sell the buses and any remaining inventory, move my assets offshore, and tell the EPA to go to hell.”

And I would be darned sure the fired workers knew the blame all rested with the EPA.


30 posted on 04/11/2012 11:05:02 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: CNSNews.com

The EPA is a domestic terrorist organization.


31 posted on 04/11/2012 11:21:58 AM PDT by microgood
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The EPA should come to where I live if they want to fine bus companies for excessive idling. I can’t tell you how may bus drivers meet at the McDonalds between runs, take up all the parking spots and leave their buses running, while they are inside eating. They leave one driver outside to watch the buses. They are not inside for a few minutes either. Ticks me off that I’m paying for the wasted gas. I guess they don’t want to get back inside a cold bus.


32 posted on 04/11/2012 11:31:12 AM PDT by beandog (Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand)
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An idle bus is the devil’s workshop!


33 posted on 04/11/2012 11:52:44 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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Uh...

Whose brother-in-law owns a rival company?

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34 posted on 04/11/2012 12:36:09 PM PDT by LucyT
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My husband calls the EPA “The Devil Incarnate”.

They are destroying the construction industry and have destroyed every industry that they have sunk their evil claws into.


35 posted on 04/11/2012 1:00:10 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Anyone But Obama in November !!!)
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To: jeffc
One and a quarter gallons of gasoline emits 28 pounds of carbon dioxide?

I needed more coffee to understand that myself, I did some research.

Most of the weight of the CO2 doesn't come from the fuel itself, but the oxygen in the air used for combustion.

The easiest explanation I found. . .

How can a gallon of gasoline produce 20 pounds of carbon dioxide?

I wonder if the EPA agent was sitting in a warm idling vehicle while making these observations?

36 posted on 04/11/2012 1:13:03 PM PDT by mulebones
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So they claim...

Defense report - SUVs emit 28 pounds of carbon dioxide per gallon of gas.


37 posted on 04/11/2012 1:27:25 PM PDT by kcvl
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avoid emitting 28 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year

Big numbers impress stupid people. They should have said '448 million ounces' for even greater effect. No way would they ever say '0.00000000000000000001 percent of all emissions'.

38 posted on 04/11/2012 2:27:42 PM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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My message to the EPA, FOAD.


39 posted on 04/11/2012 2:50:06 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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" Kids I'm only slowing to 25mph so get on your helmets and knee pads and jump when the light turns green."

There is a joke in here somewhere about being an Airborne Ranger, the EPA and idling buses.

40 posted on 04/11/2012 2:59:36 PM PDT by Karliner ( Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, Romans 8:38"...this is the end of the beginning."WC)
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To: jeffc

Their numbers don’t add up. Specific gravity of gas is between 0.71 and 0.77, or between 5.93 and 6.43lbs per gallon. 12lbs Carbon are required for every 44Lbs CO2, so for 28lbs CO2 you have to have to get 7.6lbs of carbon from gas. To get 28lbs of CO2 from 1.25gal of gas, the gas would have to be between 95% and 102% Carbon by weight. The most carbon rich hydrocarbon I can think of is Benzene (C6H6) and that is only 92% Carbon by weight. Therefore the claim that 1.25 MGal produces 28 MLbs CO2 is an impossible exaggeration.

More realistically, gas is about 83 to 85% Carbon by weight. So a gallon of gas produces roughly 18 to 20 lbs CO2.


41 posted on 04/11/2012 4:41:57 PM PDT by Flying Circus
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I still think the gub'mint is fudging their numbers. I don't think they're calculating things correctly, to make it worse than it really is.

I read somewhere that optimum fuel mixture is about 15/1 (15 parts air/1 part fuel). I assume that to be volume, so...about 15 gallons of air to 1 gallon of gas. How much does 15 gallons of air weigh? Not all of that is converted to CO2 (CO2 just being a waste product of the created energy), so what's left? I just don't think 15 gallons of air and 1 gallon of gas produces 28 pounds of CO2.

42 posted on 04/12/2012 12:47:44 PM PDT by jeffc (Prayer. It's freedom of speech.)
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You are confusing your ratios. 15:1 is not volume, it is stoichiometric. For each carbon atom in gas, you have to bring in a O2 from air to burn with it. If you don’t bring in at least that much oxygen you are running too rich, cannot burn all the fuel completely and get unburnt gas and soot out the exhaust. In volume the ratio works out to more like 6500:1.

If you look through my numbers you can see how it works out to 18-20 Lbs CO2 per gallon. Personally I think the weight of CO2 is completely irrelevant relative to the total volume of atmosphere. Our atmosphere is more than 99% N2 and O2 and only a small fraction of the remainder is CO2. As long as we have enough plants and algae eager to absorb every bit of CO2 in their reach we have nothing to worry about.


43 posted on 04/12/2012 6:53:02 PM PDT by Flying Circus
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