Every day, a constant stream of deadly diesel exhaust is poured into vulnerable communities near ports and rail yards and along shipping routes. And the disastrous health effects of these emissions—especially when concentrated at major shipping centers—are largely ignored by the EPA.
Solutions for cleaning up toxic diesel exhaust are available right now. Tell the EPA to reduce air pollution by promoting zero-emissions technologies at every port, rail yard, distribution center and busy truck corridor across the country.
Diesel exhaust is one of the most prevalent forms of air pollution in the country. America’s 11 million diesel engines—including trucks, trains and ships—pump out a toxic brew of pollution that results in more than 20,000 deaths each year and causes asthma, lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and neurological disorders.
What’s worse, many of our nation’s ports, rail yards and shipping routes are located near already-vulnerable communities. The toxic fumes from diesel exhaust greatly amplify the health risks for those who live, work or learn in these communities—a majority of whom are often low-income and/or people of color.
In addition to these health risks, the freight industry contributes harmful climate pollution that must be curbed.
Tell the EPA to reduce diesel emissions throughout the country now!
January 20, 2016 Action Alert ID# 326
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