Carmel's "No Idle Policy"
Sunday, 24 August 2008 23:00

Hamilton County was added to the EPA's list of counties in Indiana that failed to meet federal air-pollution standards.  Mayor Brainard responds with an executive order to reduce city vehicle emissions...

Carmel Green Initiative supports Mayor's "No Idle Policy"
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City of Carmel Media Advisory
Mayor Brainard Announces Management Policy to Help Air Quality

Carmel to ban idling of city vehicles
"When word reached Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard that Hamilton County is violating new clean air standards, he decided it was a good time to implement his newest plan to curb pollution..."

EPA: 19 counties don't meet new soot rule
"Federal officials intend to declare 19 Indiana counties - 14 more than the state had suggested - in violation of a new standard for tiny soot particles that can cause respiratory distress in children and the elderly....The 19 Indiana counties listed by the EPA are: Clark, Dearborn, Dubois, Floyd, Gibson, Hamilton, Hendricks, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lake, Marion, Morgan, Pike, Porter, Spencer, Tippecanoe, Vanderburgh and Warrick."

EPA issues list of Midwest counties it plans to name as not meeting new, health-based soot standard
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 today issued a list of 76 counties that it plans to name as not meeting the new, health-based 24-hour outdoor air quality standard for fine particles (soot).... The new standard is designed to protect the public from exposure to these tiny particles ....

EPA Transportation and Air Quality

California Energy Commission, Consumer Energy Center
For every two minutes a car is idling, it uses about the same amount of fuel it takes to go about one mile.