Are there potential health effects associated with diesel emissions? What is EPA doing about diesel emissions?
About diesel exhaust:
Diesel exhaust contains significant levels of small particles, known as fine particulate matter. Fine particles are so small that several thousand of them could fit on the period at the end of this sentence.
Fine particles pose a significant health risk because they can pass through the nose and throat and lodge themselves in the lungs. These fine particles can cause lung damage and premature death. They can also aggravate conditions such as asthma and bronchitis.
Nationwide, particulate matter, especially fine particles, is responsible for thousands of premature deaths every year.
EPA has determined that diesel exhaust is a likely human carcinogen. Diesel exhaust can also contribute to other acute and chronic health effects...
This information is supported by the Clean School Bus USA: Human Health Web site. You can read more at http://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/basicinfo.htm#impact
You can find out about EPA's programs to reduce diesel emissions at the National Clean Diesel Campaign Web site: http://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel
Information on the Clean Diesel Trucks and Buses Rule (the "2007 Highway Rule") is available at:
The Fuels and Fuel Additives: Diesel Fuel home page is located at:
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- Date Created: 10/31/2005
- Last Modified Since: 2/5/2014
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