This is more American"Greenpreaching". Even the Euros don't buy into this crap. They give everyone driving a diesel a $1.50/gallon break in fuel charge. They also support nuclear energy. We need to make some noise around here. Too bad the two candidates coming up don't offer much hope.:CRY:I was looking into the smoke rules in the state of new Jersey and stumbled over this crock. So how many tons a day did they feed to a rat? Kiss my you ignerant tree hugging politicians. :rof
A recently released final report by the USEPA listed diesel exhaust as a probable cause of lung cancer. It is also associated with increase risk of asthma and other breathing related illnesses. Both USEPA and the California Air Resources Board have declared diesel exhaust a toxic substance.
Diesel soot particles, and the chemicals that adhere to them (such as benzene) are the cause of the problem. Sulfur in the fuel helps to form soot particles. Too much fuel causes the large black particles we can see. The large particles, called PM10 (particulate matter, over 10 microns in diameter), once ingested, can be mostly expelled from the body, when caught by your natural air filtration system. Small particles, called PM2.5 (2.5 microns or less in diameter), can become trapped in the body, and cannot be expelled. In general, particulates cause breathing problems, and the associated chemicals may cause other physiologic illnesses. Diesel engines also produce nitrogen oxides, which help to form ozone, which is also a contributing cause of breathing illnesses.
The risk of health effects include: increased incidence of asthma, bronchitis, and other breathing related illnesses, increased emergency room visits, and increased mortality. Risk increases with increased exposure to diesel exhaust.
For more information on diesel exhaust and health issues, follow these links:
Asthma - NJDEP Air Toxics in New Jersey - Asthma Information
Diesel emissions - NJDEP Air Toxics in New Jersey - Diesel Emissions & the 1999 NATA Results
CARB Diesel Toxic Assessment - http://www.arb.ca.gov/toxics/summary/dieselex/dieselex.htm
California's Diesel Risk Reduction Program - Background Material: California's Diesel Risk Reduction Plan Activities
USPEAs Health Assessment Document for Diesel Exhaust -
Health Assessment Document for Diesel Engine Exhaust | National Center for Environmental Assessment | US EPA