Due to the number of positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the country and locally, Linn County has closed most buildings to the public to help reduce community spread of the virus and to help ensure continuity of County services.
Local governments can implement idle-reduction ordinances to help improve air quality and residents' health.
Idling unnecessarily contributes to air pollution. Motor vehicles emit close to 40% of the total air pollution in Linn County. Toxic air pollutants and pollutants that contribute to ozone pollution are also emitted in vehicle exhaust.
Poor air quality can affect the health of those who live, work, and play in these areas, Children, adults over 65, and those with respiratory conditions are especially vulnerable. Additionally, vehicle exhaust contains air toxics that can increase the risk of cancer. The fine particles in the exhaust can lead to heart attacks.
Furthermore, municipalities can cut costs by adopting idle-reduction measures for vehicle fleets.