Washington, D.C. — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment on a proposed set of national standards for truck stop electrification. The agency hopes that the standards would eliminate the need for trucks to idle during rest stops. The proposed standards were published in the Federal Register on July 8, and the comment deadline is Oct. 9. For more information, visit http://www.epa.gov/smartway/newsandevents.htm.

EPA also has awarded $50,000 toward a study of the effect of truck drivers’ exposure to air pollutants while idling. The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee will conduct the study. For more information, visit http://www.epa.gov/smartway/idling.htm.