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New York Expands Its "Stop Smoking" Campaign

Friday, October 31, 2008

State and city environmental officers set up the first of several check points where they'll pull over trucks that are visibly spewing exhaust, or needlessly idling.

State Environmental Commissioner Pete Grannis says the first stop on the campaign is right under the entrance ramp to the Triborough Bridge.

GRANNIS: We estimate that close to 20 percent of the 10,000 or so trucks that make daily trips into Manhattan through this corridor are out of compliance of and emit illegal levels of pollutants in East Harlem.

REPORTER: Once a month, teams will focus on a different traffic choke point throughout the city.

Citizens are welcome to draw attention to locations where trucks idle in their neighborhoods, by going to the website for New York's Department of Environmental Conservation.

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