Pasadena Anti-Idling Campaign

Proposed Anti-Idling Ordinance for the City of Pasadena

The City of Pasadena experiences heavy truck traffic due to its proximity to the Houston Ship Channel. Heavy-duty truck idling produces fine particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds and other toxic air pollutants, which are precursors to ozone formation that is harmful to public health.

Establishing an anti-idling ordinance in the City of Pasadena would not only save money and valuable resources for community members and businesses, but also protect public health by improving air quality for Pasadena residents. To date, there are 35 cities and nine counties in the Texas that limit idling in their jurisdiction.[1]Locally, Houston, Galena Park and Jacinto City have all enacted citywide ordinances limiting the idling of large trucks and have reported significant gains, particularly at the community level.

Cost

  • The EPA estimates that one heavy-duty truck burns as much as 1,830 gallons of fuel annually due to unnecessary idling. That is equal to over $4,750 per year/ per truck that could be saved by eliminating idling[2].
  • Idling actually increases overall engine wear by causing the car to operate longer than necessary.

Environment

  • The average truck produces about 21 tons of carbon dioxide annually while idling. For every 10 minutes your engine is off, you will prevent the emission of one pound of carbon dioxide, which is the primary contributor to air pollution emissions. [3]

Health

  • School children in Texas are exposed to diesel exhaust while riding on school buses. Numerous studies have documented that diesel exhaust concentrations inside of buses are much higher than the levels outside of buses.
  • Studies have revealed that students on school buses are exposed to levels of particulate pollution that are five to 15 times higher than background levels (EB: did something get cut off here?)

For more information contact: Paula Torrado;

713.528.3779 | paula@airalliancehouston.org | airalliancehouston.org

[1]Vehicle Idling Restrictions. (n.d.). Retrieved August 03, 2017, from https://www.tceq.texas.gov/airquality/mobilesource/vehicleidling.html

[2]Learn About Idling Reduction Technologies (IRTs) for Trucks. (2016, November 18). Retrieved August 03, 2017, from https://www.epa.gov/verified-diesel-tech/learn-about-idling-reduction-technologies-irts-trucks

[3]Initiative, Y. N. (n.d.). The Effect of Vehicular Emissions on Human Health. Retrieved August 03, 2017, from http://teachers.yale.edu/curriculum/viewer/initiative_08.07.09_u