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Environmental Defense Fund Welcomes EPA Clean Air Standards to Reduce Hazardous Diesel Pollution
Date:2/26/2009

Proposal Would Address One Million Stationary Diesel Engines

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Environmental Defense Fund welcomes new clean air standards proposed by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to protect public health from about one million stationary diesel engines in operation today. The emission standards would take effect beginning in 2013, reducing emissions of hazardous volatile organic compounds, lethal particulate pollution, carbon monoxide, and oxides of nitrogen. Stationary diesel engines would also be required to use ultra low sulfur diesel fuel, a cleaner fuel broadly deployed today in the nation's mobile diesel fleet.

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"Cleaning up these engines is one of the most important actions EPA can take to protect public health," said Dr. John Balbus, chief health scientist at Environmental Defense Fund and a member of the EPA Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee. "Stationary diesel engines are often located in populated areas where they can expose people to high levels of toxic diesel exhaust."

Diesel exhaust, which is emitted from a variety of engines, is associated with more cancer risk than any other airborne contaminant. The one million stationary diesel engines nationwide are used to generate electricity both as a prime and backup electricity generation source, in oil and gas extraction, and in a variety of other applications. EPA's proposal was required under a judicial Consent Decree with the Environmental Defense Fund, which was court-approved on January 3, 2008.

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