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Overdrive Staff | September 01, 2011

The first TSE installation of a planned 50 truck stops around the country is at the Baker Truck Corral off I-84 in Baker City, Ore.

Drivers will be able to access 120-volt, 208-volt or 240-volt AC power sources. Power will be sold at $1 an hour, and cable TV will be included at most locations, with wireless Internet available for an additional charge. Access and payment can be handled with a card, smartphone, laptop or telephone activation system.

A second component of STEP is providing equipment-purchase incentives to about 5,000 vehicle owners who will commit to using the TSE hook-ups to reduce engine idling.

The program is being administered by Cascade Sierra Solutions, in partnership with Shorepower.

Around the country, EnviroDock completed electrification on 30 parking spaces at TR Auto Truck Plaza, off of I-40 in Dandridge, Tenn. More than 50 electrification units were completed at Eco Travel Plaza in Crossville, Tenn. EnviroDock and Shorepower Technologies installed units.

A New York state grant has allowed EnviroDock to complete its installation of five E-Dock Stationary units at Canaan Truck Stop, off I-90.

This summer, Florida Turnpike officials opened electrification units at Okahumpka and Canoe Creek, while IdleAir recently has said it has started services at new locations in Shepherd, Texas, and Claysville, Pa.

— Staff reports and Jill Dunn



Cat fined $2.55M in clean air case

Caterpillar agreed to pay a $2.55 million penalty – $2.04 million to the United States and $510,000 to California – as part of a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice for alleged Clean Air Act violations.

Cat allegedly shipped more than 590,000 highway and off-road diesel engines without correct emissions controls, according to EPA. Caterpillar also allegedly failed to comply with emission control reporting and engine-labeling requirements.

The settlement requires Cat to recall the known defective engines, install the correct aftertreatment device, and reprogram the fuel injector and fuel map settings. The recall will continue until all engines with incorrect catalysts, fuel injectors or fuel map settlings have been addressed, or until Dec. 31, whichever is earlier, according to EPA.

In addition to the recall, Caterpillar will mitigate excess emissions through permanent retirement of banked emission credits, according to the settlement. 

Caterpillar fully cooperated with the government, says company spokesperson Bridget M. Young.

“Caterpillar denies any wrongdoing, but does agree that the decree represents a good faith effort,” she says.

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