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Along with an announced effort to crack down on trucks left idling at the Peace Bridge, the State Department of Environmental Conservation has also agreed to conduct air monitoring on Buffalo's West Side near the bridge's inspection plaza.

Air monitoring will begin within the next 45 days and will be conducted over a two-month period.  The latest data was collected in the late 1990s.

WBFO News by Mike Desmond

Truckers at the U.S. side of the Peace Bridge in Buffalo are now going to have to shut down their idling trucks after five minutes.  If they don't, there might be a police officer handing out a ticket.  

After years of complaints about noise and pollution from idling trucks, the Peace Bridge Authority called in the cops.  Environmental conservation police have done one crackdown at the bridge and say there will be more.

Earth Day came and went in New York without too much discussion of what many environmentalists believe to be the biggest issue facing the state: when and where the gas drilling process known as hydrofracking will occur.

The future of fracking has been stalled in New York for several months now, as the State Department of Environmental Conservation plows through what Commissioner Joe Martens says is a “mountain” of over 60,000 public comments, collected during an environmental review.

“The focus now is on the comments and its monumental,” Martens said.

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