This morning, the City of Commerce held the unveiling of No Idling Signs. A partnership between the City of Commerce, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the Department of Toxic and Substance Control (DTSC) and East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice has focused on enforcing the no idling rule to ensure that trucks do not idle in our communities. Idling (a parked truck with the motor on, consistently releasing diesel emissions) consistently happens in specific corridors in the City of Commerce. Every day, approximately 47,00 diesel trucks drive on the I-710 freeway. Truck movements and activities exposes the communities of Commerce to large amounts of diesel exhaust, increasing the rate of cancer, asthma and other respiratory illnesses.Read more...
Last week, Governor Jerry Brown issued an Executive Order calling on state agencies to develop an action plan by July 2016 'that establishes clear targets to improve freight efficiency, transition to zero-emission technologies, and increase competitiveness of California's freight system.'
This is a great step by our state administration on the path towards a sustainable and healthy environment. The Governor's Executive Order joins CalTrans' Freight Mobility Plan and CARB's Sustainable Freight Strategy as statewide efforts to address the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions and pollution.
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