U.S., Canada to Focus On Border Idle Reduction

Posted on September 15, 2005

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) announced they will coordinate voluntary cross-border projects with the freight industry focusing on idle reduction, deployment of clean technologies, and driver training and awareness.

EPA Acting Assistant Administrator Bill Wehrum and NRCan Acting Deputy Minister Dr. Nawal Camel signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) today at a freight facility near the Ambassador Bridge Border Crossing in Michigan. There are 13 million truck border crossings between Canada and the United States each year, including 3.3 million at the Ambassador Bridge.

EPA said the collaboration brings together the strengths of EPA's SmartWay Transport Partnership and NRCan's FleetSmart. SmartWay emphasizes the deployment of innovative technologies. FleetSmart specializes in driver education and training.