New Mexico considering anti-idling proposal

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The New Mexico Environment Department will host open houses in Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Gallup and Santa Rosa this month on a proposed rule limiting idling by heavy-duty diesel trucks in the state, the New Mexico Business Weekly reported.

At the meetings, NMED staff will discuss the implementation of the idle limitation rule and the related benefits to air quality, health and climate change. All of the sessions will run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. local time:

  • The first meeting in Santa Fe is today, Jan. 9, at the Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau, 1301 Siler Road, Building. B.
  • The Las Cruces meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Mesilla Town Hall at 2231 Avenida de Mesilla in Mesilla.
  • The Gallup meeting will take place Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Octavia Fellin Public Library at 115 W. Hill Ave.
  • The Santa Rosa meeting is set for Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the City Hall meeting room at 244 S. 4th St.
  • The effort to address truck idling through air quality regulations will implement a portion of Gov. Bill Richardson’s executive order on New Mexico Climate Change Action. NMED is soliciting comments on the rule until March 1. For more information, call Robert Spillers at NMED at 505-476-4324.