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Post by SamCogar on Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:00 am

I wonder why no one posted this story on our Forum?

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Most of the time, students are the ones listening to rules and regulations on the first day of school. But around the state, schools have posted a gentle reminder to bus drivers encouraging them to be kind to the environment and their school board's pocketbook.

They (the signs) are provided to schools free of charge thanks to money the state Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Air Quality received from a federal settlement with a coal-burning utility. The funding, about $150,000, was earmarked for diesel emission reductions.

The department began producing the signs in 2007. After several drafts, the department finally decided on "Idle Free Zone - Students Breathe Here" because John Benedict, director of the department's Division of Air Quality, wanted a positive message on the signs.

"It's good for air quality. It's also good for economic reasons as well, because when you're idling you're getting zero miles to the gallon and you're not using your fuel most effectively," she said.

http://www.dailymail.com/News/200908250821

Isnít that just peachy keen ní wonderful that so many are worried about the environment and the school board's pocketbook.

I guess no one is the least bit concerned with this, to wit:

(American Lung Association) "Six out of 10 Americans right now as we speak live in areas where the air can be dirty enough to send people to the emergency room, dirty enough to shape how kids' lungs develop and even dirty enough to kill," said Janice E. Nolen.

http://www.usnews.com/articles/science/2009/04/29/report-most-americans-in-areas-with-unhealthy-air.html

No one concerned, ..... least of all any of the 55 County Health Boards.

So, I wonder where is the Kanawha County Health Board, Ö. playing the slots at the Nitro casino?



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Post by ziggy on Mon May 03, 2010 11:17 pm

It goes to the law again. State law directs the state board of education to formulate a rule / policy about the idling of school bus engines.
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Post by SamCogar on Tue May 04, 2010 8:07 am

ziggy wrote:It goes to the law again. State law directs the state board of education to formulate a rule / policy about the idling of school bus engines.

And just what the hell did the state board of education have to do with any of the above ....... or the idling of school bus engines?

Zig, you are always "playing CYA" for State/County employees, no matter how dishonest, disreputable, disengenuous or disfunctional they are.

Their banning of cigarette smoke in or around schools ....... but giving diesel exhaust a "free ride" is "case in point". To wit:

Diesel exhaust and many individual substances contained in it (including arsenic, benzene, formaldehyde and nickel) have the potential to contribute to mutations in cells that can lead to cancer. In fact, long-term exposure to diesel exhaust particles poses the highest cancer risk of any toxic air contaminant evaluated by OEHHA. ARB estimates that about 70 percent of the cancer risk that the average Californian faces from breathing toxic air pollutants stems from diesel exhaust particles.

Exposure to diesel exhaust can have immediate health effects. Diesel exhaust can irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs, and it can cause coughs, headaches, lightheadedness and nausea. In studies with human volunteers, diesel exhaust particles made people with allergies more susceptible to the materials to which they are allergic, such as dust and pollen. Exposure to diesel exhaust also causes inflammation in the lungs, which may aggravate chronic respiratory symptoms and increase the frequency or intensity of asthma attacks.

Diesel engines are a major source of fine-particle pollution. The elderly and people with emphysema, asthma, and chronic heart and lung disease are especially sensitive to fine-particle pollution. Numerous studies have linked elevated particle levels in the air to increased hospital admissions, emergency room visits, asthma attacks and premature deaths among those suffering from respiratory problems. Because children's lungs and respiratory systems are still developing, they are also more susceptible than healthy adults to fine particles. Exposure to fine particles is associated with increased frequency of childhood illnesses and can also reduce lung function in children.

http://oehha.ca.gov/public_info/facts/dieselfacts.html

And Zig, I'm sure you got more CYA's to offer in their defence for "not adequately protecting school children" from a potential life of the continual problems of ill health.

I know, I know, you think it far more important and thus prefer saving birds and bats from an untimely death by Turbine Blades.




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Post by ziggy on Tue May 04, 2010 11:08 pm

So Sam, are you telling us that state law does not direct the state board of education to formulate a rule / policy about the idling of school bus engines? Whaddaya wanna bet?
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Post by ziggy on Wed May 05, 2010 1:42 am

And just what the hell did the state board of education have to do with any of the above ....... or the idling of school bus engines?

There would be no authority for schools to post the signs furnished by the Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Air Quality but through the school laws as administered by the WV State Board of Education.

ß17C-12-7.
(c) The state board of education shall write a policy governing the idling of school buses.

http://www.legis.state.wv.us/WVCODE/17c/code/WVC%2017%20C-%2012%20%20-%20%20%207%20%20.htm
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Post by ziggy on Wed May 05, 2010 1:53 am

And here is the state school board of education's policy about it:


126CSR92
12. Idling of School Buses

12.1 In normal weather, a school bus operator shall not idle the bus while waiting for or loading students.

12.2 Buses will be allowed to idle when the temperature is 40 degrees
Fahrenheit or colder, when the driving windows need to be defrosted, when the safety and comfort of the students is in question, or when emergency dictates.

12.3 School bus operators are prohibited from idling the buses for more than 10 minutes unless defrosting of windows is needed: in this case idling shall be limited to thirty minutes.

http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/p4336.pdf
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Post by ziggy on Wed May 05, 2010 1:55 am

Sam, I don't make up this stuff. I am not that smart. The state legislature told 'em to do it.
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