Archive for the ‘Going Green’ Category

Will Baltimore City Ban Older Port Trucks?

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

In an effort to help reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, the Baltimore Office of Sustainability has recommended a ban on older trucks from the Port of Baltimore. This recommendation, which is part of a draft Climate Action Plan, is not supported by all. Both MMTA and the Maryland Port Administration submitted comments expressing opposition to a truck ban. Instead, these entities are encouraging the adoption of an incentive-based program for the eventual voluntary replacement of older trucks.

A copy of MMTA’s comments can be viewed at www.mmtanet.com/Baltimore-City-Climate-Action-Plan-Comments.pdf. Examples of these comments include:

  • The ban is unnecessary: In the Climate Action Plan, Baltimore City highlights an older truck ban implemented by the Port of Long Beach as an effective tool for reducing truck related air pollution. There are significant differences between Baltimore and Long Beach.”
  • The ban will have unintended consequences: The advances in diesel emissions controls have come at significant price to the trucking industry. The additional cost of purchasing new engine technologies and fuel has been estimated to be as much as $4 billion annually. Since 2007 the cost of a Class 8 truck tractor has jumped over 30% directly as a result of these new technologies. Prohibiting older model trucks from accessing the Port takes direct aim at those owner operators who are least likely to have the financial means to upgrade their equipment given these escalating costs.”
  • Other options exist to promote voluntary replacement of older trucks: In lieu of a mandatory ban, there are numerous other options to incentivize older truck replacement on a voluntary basis. Many of these are already underway in Baltimore, such as the 2009 Clean Diesel Program, which replaced, retrofitted or upgraded several pieces of equipment across all Port transportation sectors.

Due to the strong opposition to the ban, the city is planning to revisit its proposal. And it is expected that the ban will be removed.

If you have any questions about the Proposed Baltimore City Ban on Older Trucks, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

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Middleton & Meads: One Trucking Company Doing Its Part to Protect the Environment

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

In today’s environmentally conscious world, the idea of Going Green is quickly sweeping the nation. Industries, corporations and businesses all across the United States are cutting back on their emissions, starting recycling programs and doing their part to protect the environment. And the trucking industry is no exception.

Middleton & Meads believes in protecting our environment. We take the following precautions to keep our surrounding environment safe:

•      Our used oil is recycled and used to heat our shops in the winter.

•      We utilize three environmentally safe used oil heaters.

•      The used antifreeze generated during our repairs is recycled by an EPA approved vendor.

•      Our paint booths are EPA approved.

•      We have scheduled routine maintenance on our A/C equipment.

•      MAC A/C certifications are held by the company.

•      A minimum “engine run” policy is enforced.

•      Our painters have converted from aerosol spray-on primer to a roll on primer.

•      The recently purchased air compressor for our main shop is more energy efficient.

•      Obtained an Underground Storage Tank, Certificate of Registration Closure from the Maryland Department of the Environment.

•      Compliant with Maryland Department of the Environment drain closure requests.

•      We have certified multiple painters to the 2012 EPA codes.

•      The current lighting system in our main shop is being converted to be more energy efficient and safe.

•      Purchased an EPA approved, excess paint recycler.

If you have any questions, please contact Middleton & Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!