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Posted by Sadie from ? ( on Tuesday, April 15, 2003 at 5:00PM :

APRIL 14, 2003

New Report Shows Need for Strong Regulation to Protect Public Health from Dangers of Diesel Air Pollution

WASHINGTON - April 14 - News Advisory:

WHAT: Call-in Media Briefing and release of new report, "Closing the Diesel Divide: Protecting Public Health from Diesel Air Pollution"

WHO: American Lung Association and Environmental Defense

WHEN: Tuesday, April 15, 1 -- 2 p.m. (EDT)

CALL-IN: 888-242-9714; pin number 648 44 47

BACKGROUND: A new report by the American Lung Association and Environmental Defense examines the harmful impacts of diesel air pollution on air quality and public health. The breathtaking range of hazards posed by diesel exhaust stands in stark contract to the chaotic patchwork of regulations that govern diesel pollution sources. The report focuses on two major sources of diesel pollution that represent holes in the regulatory patchwork: (1) diesel engines in a range of nonroad equipment -- such as construction, industrial, surface mining, and agricultural equipment, and (2) diesel-powered electrical generators. These two categories encompass a huge range of engines from small loaders and household generators used in residential neighborhoods to massive mining machines and backup generators that provide power to industrial facilities. The new report being released on Tuesday recommends five key steps that should be taken in order to protect public health from the harmful effects of these diesel engines and examines the benefits that would result from the implementation of rigorous federal fuel and emission standards.

For nearly 100 years, American Lung Association and Lung Association affiliates throughout the United States have worked together in the fight against lung disease.

Environmental Defense, a leading national nonprofit organization, represents more than 300,000 members. Since 1967, Environmental Defense has linked science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships to create breakthrough solutions to the most serious environmental problems.

-- Sadie
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