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Allen Lund Company Renews with U.S. SmartWay Transport Partnership

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Allen Lund Company has announced that it has submitted and received approval for their current data submission to the SmartWay Transport Partnership, an innovative collaboration between U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the industry.

The SmartWay Transport Partnership provides a framework to assess the environmental and energy efficiency of goods movement supply chains. 

Allen Lund Company will continue to contribute to the Partnership’s savings of 312 million barrels of oil, $41.8 billion on fuel costs and 133 metric tons of CO2, 2.6 million tons of NOx, and 109 million tons of PM… This is the equivalent of the annual electricity use in 20 million homes. By joining SmartWay Transport Partnership, Allen Lund Company demonstrates its strong environmental leadership and corporate responsibility.

Executive VP, Kenny Lund commented, “Allen Lund Company has been a proud participant in SmartWay for many years. We will continue to help the transportation industry to deliver goods in the most efficient way possible. Our experienced employees and cutting-edge technology allow carriers and shippers to run more loaded miles with less waiting and supply chain disruption.”

Developed jointly in early 2003 by EPA and Charter Partners represented by industry stakeholders, environmental groups, American Trucking Associations, and Business for Social Responsibility, this innovative program celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2014. Partners rely upon SmartWay tools and approaches to track and reduce emissions and fuel use from goods movement. The Partnership currently has over 3,000 Partners including shipper, logistics companies, truck, rail, barge, and multimodal carriers.

For information about the SmartWay Transport Partnership visit 

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California CARB is Requiring Stricter Rules for Trucks

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DSCN4625California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) issued regulatory guidance last week stating the state is cleared to enforce elements of its emissions regulations  requiring truck and trailer owners to install aerodynamic add-on devices and use certain tires.

A ruling by the Environmental Protection Agency gives the go ahead for CARB to enforce areo add-on requirements on 1011-2013 year-model tractors and integrated sleepers, plus with trailer equipment.

CARB’s guidance issuance comes two months after the EPA issued California a waiver allowing it to enforce in full its greenhouse gas regulations.

The rule went into effect in January 2010 and requires the use of SmartWay-verified tires and other SmartWay-verified equipment on all new trucks and trailers.

CARB had only been enforcing the rule for 2010 and earlier model trucks and trailers  However, the EPA’s Clean Air Act had preempted state regulations.

In June 2013, CARB asked EPA for a waiver of the preemption, which would allow it to enforce the GHG regs for 2011-2013 year model trucks and 2011 and later trailers.

The equipment required by CARB are verified by the EPA to improve fuel economy and therefore reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

Both the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and Owner Operator-Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) had released statements in August stating their opposition to enforcement of the rule, but for different reasons.

Meanwhile, it appears more owner operators and small fleet owners are refusing to truck in California for economic reasons and in some cases in opposition to mounting and intrusive regulations.


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How Environmental Green Issues are Affecting the Trucking Industry

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DSCN2000How green is green when it comes to enviromental issues and dedication to those issues?  Is the size of that so-called carbon foot print what it appears?  While it can be a mixed bag, what is certain is that truckers are being affected by changes and polices.

For example, one of the biggest changes coming sooner than we may think is noted by Doug Stoiber, vice president of L&M Transportation Services, based in Raliegh, NC.

The LMTS executive states, “Within the next couple of years we’re going to see a whole lot more trucks switching from diesel fuel to liquid natural gas and compressed natural gas.  That is going to have an impact on the environment and sustainability and fuel costs.”

Currently the fuel delivery industry in playing catch up, he notes, in developing the infrastructure to service natural gas trucks.  Stoiber points out  truck manufacturers are lining up to purchase the the new 12 liter Cummins natural gas engine.

Jimmy DeMatteis, president of Des Moines Truck  in Norwalk, IA agrees.

“I’m seeing more natural gas trucks,  It’s supposed to burn cleaner than diesel engines that are five years and older,” he says, “and are certainly burning cleaner than the seven years before that.”

But there’s another side to the “green” issue that often doesn’t receive the attention.

As the president of Cool Runnings LLC in Kenosha, WI, Fred Plosky makes an observation about the produce industry and how it sometimes approaches transportation from an envirnomental stand point.

“…their (produce) buying intiative isn’t nessarily in agreement with their corporate initiative,” Plotsky observes.

For example, he had a couple of customers that requires Cool Runnings to be a part of Smartway, a voluntary environmental program for trucking.

“While they are saying you need to be a part of Smartway and you need to watch your carbon foot print, they don’t run their business that way,” Plotsky relates.

A Cool Runnings hired truck has had to run an extra 100 miles out of route to pick up nine packages of fruit, because the buyer was wanting to buy the fruit direct (from the shipper) and save  money.

“The buyer won’t consolidate this to two pick ups in the same town and then buy those nine boxes off the street (from a wholesaler) in Chicago for an extra $3 a box, as opposed to routing the truck and paying $255 for going up (to the shed) , $55 for the pick up and paying $310 more for those nine boxes.  What does that do for your carbon foot print?” Plotsky asks.

Kenny Lund, vice president of the Allen Lund Co. in LaCanada, CA says another anti-environmental policy relates to each state having a different fuel blend.  He says this is “killing the refineries” and there needs to be a national fuel blend when the conversion is made twice a year for summer and winter weather.

“There is something like 28 different fuel blends across the U.S.,” Lund states.  “You have got refineries serving multiple states.  They have to shut down production and reformulate it.  That just drives up the cost for everyone.”

Lund recalls a trucker who said it best when it comes to the rules and regulations affecting transportation.

“You have got a lot of people making regulations for the trucks that have never been inside a truck.”

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