For reasons that should be obvious, children emerging from school at the end of the day should not be discharged into a fog of diesel exhaust. Thus it's good to see — for the second time this year — the
To settle a claim by the EPA of excessive idling in Connecticut and Rhode Island, Ocean State Transit and STA of Connecticut, both subsidiaries of Student Transportation of America, agreed to reduce schoolchildren's exposure to diesel pollution coming from its 7,500 buses in 16 states, pay a $35,000 penalty and perform environmental projects valued at $131,000. Last fall, EPA inspectors observed STA schoolbuses idling for extended periods of time — sometimes more than 30 minutes — in
Earlier this year, facing a claim of excess idling in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island,
Idling wastes fuel and causes air pollution. An idling vehicle emits 20 times more pollution than one traveling at 30 mph, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it.