Why Diesel is Important
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Why It’s Important

The impacts of diesel pollution are real, intense, and unjust. The black smoke from a diesel engine can trigger an asthma attack, contribute to cancer, and strain a community’s quality of life. Diesel pollution extracts a toll on those who work, live and play near the multitude of diesel sources.

Below are quick snapshots of the different ways in which diesel pollution negatively affects our communities. Click on the links to learn more! If you’re interested in learning more about the system that creates these impacts, click here.

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Unless otherwise notes, for citations for the above information, see Paying With Our Health: The Real Cost of Freight Transportation in California.
For additional information about the health effects of diesel, see http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/diesel/diesel-health.htm
and http://oehha.ca.gov/public_info/facts/dieselfacts.html

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Health, Environmental Justice, Labor, Other Community Impacts,
The Community Speaks Out

 

 

 


“I had no idea that I had adult onset asthma and that it was likely caused or triggered by the diesel trucks that pass near my house on a daily basis. I was relieved to know what was wrong with me, but I was also incensed, angry and pissed off at the cause.”

- Nehanda I., Communities for a Better Environment