For the third time this year, the Environmental Protection Agency has cited a Massachusetts waste hauler for exceeding the state's five-minute idling limit.

Waste Management of Massachusetts Inc. will pay a penalty of $27,200 for excessive idling at its Stoughton, Taunton and West Boylston, Mass. depots. In total, EPA has collected $329,500 in penalties for idling violations from Capitol Waste Services, Allied Waste Services, and Waste Management.

As part of the settlements, Waste Management and Allied Waste have agreed to make operational changes to minimize future idling. Waste Management has retrained its drivers about the state idling rule and will inspect all its Massachusetts facilities daily. Allied will train drivers, post signage, inspect yards twice daily, and ensure that automatic engine shutoff devices are working properly in Brockton, Fall River, Quincy, and Revere - the four Allied locations cited for violations. Both companies will submit quarterly compliance reports to EPA.

Five New England states (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island) have idling laws, and EPA has authority to help enforce limits in Connecticut, Massachusetts. and Rhode Island. EPA's enforcement efforts are complemented by assistance to help vehicle operators find alternatives to idling.

More information: Enforcing idling limits in New England