Bush administration proposal to reduce diesel pollution is lauded | SummitDaily.com

Bush administration proposal to reduce diesel pollution is lauded

Summer Clemenson, Environment Colorado, Denver

Environment Colorado would like to applaud the Bush administration for its proposal to reduce harmful diesel pollution.

Responding to recent findings that diesel exhaust likely causes lung cancer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposal to reduce diesel emissions from construction and other heavy equipment, a massive and long-overlooked source of diesel pollution.

Fully extending the truck and bus standards to heavy diesel equipment could prevent an estimated 3,204 asthma attacks and 151 premature deaths each year in Colorado, according to a 2002 study by state air officials.

The proposal, while an important step forward for public health, unfortunately stands in stark contrast to the Bush administration’s clean air record. The administration’s so-called Clear Skies initiative would allow more than twice as much smog and soot pollution over the next decade and five times more mercury pollution.

The EPA also is taking comment on a proposal to weaken the new source review provisions of the Clean Air Act, which requires old and dirty power plants to meet current pollution standards when they make major modifications that would result in more air pollution.

We hope the Bush administration will take another step in the right direction and drop its efforts to weaken other important clean air protections.

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