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Washington, DC: (Jul-17-07) The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brought a lawsuit against mega-retailer Wal-Mart, alleging that the company had clean air violations caused by idling trucks. The suit followed an investigation conducted by the EPA, which revealed that trucks owned by Wal-Mart and by other trucking companies were left idling for long periods at six different Wal-Mart properties in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

In a settlement reached, Wal-Mart agreed to pay a $50,000 penalty and establish idle-reduction programs at all of its facilities nationwide. The retailer also agreed to notify other delivery companies that idling is not permitted on Wal-Mart property and may violate state or local idling restrictions. By establishing a "no idle" policy for its trucks and retrofitting them with high-efficiency generators, Wal-Mart claims it will save 10 million gallons of diesel fuel each year, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 100,000 tons and saving nearly $26 million. [DC VELOCITY: IDLING TRUCKS]

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Published on Jul-18-07


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