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

oday's cost-effective clean air solutions to protect human health from dangerous diesel exhaust," said Janea Scott, a senior attorney at Environmental Defense Fund involved in negotiating the settlement agreement. "Fortunately, clean air solutions are at hand to protect the health of our neighborhoods and communities."

An Environmental Defense Fund analysis of the cancer burden associated with back-up diesel electricity generators in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Joaquin Valley and Sacramento found that more than 150,000 children attended schools within the cancer risk zones of backup diesel generators. California is one of only a few states, including Delaware and Texas, that have clean air programs to reduce pollution from stationary diesel engines.

Diesel exhaust contributes more than 70 percent of the cancer risk from air pollution in the United States. It is also a major source of particulate pollution and ozone. Particulate pollution is linked to asthma attacks, cardiovascular and respiratory problems, strokes, heart attacks and premature death. High ozone (smog) levels are linked to respiratory problems and premature death. Children, the elderly, and the ill are especially susceptible to harm from breathing diesel exhaust.

Existing stationary diesel engines can be cleaned up by using ultra low sulfur diesel and many of the same cost-effective technologies already being used to dramatically reduce pollution from mobile diesel engines, such as heavy-duty trucks and construction equipment. For example, installing advanced emission control technologies in a stationary diesel engine and using ultra low sulfur
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