Connecticut's Diesel Reduction Initiatives
Why Does Diesel Pollution Matter?
communities, especially those in urban areas, suffer from sooty exhaust emitted by trucks, buses and other diesel engines that can make breathing difficult - particularly for children, the elderly and other sensitive groups.
Connecticut's Clean Diesel Plan
strategy for reducing diesel pollution was set out in the CT Clean Diesel Plan of 2006
, authorized by Special Act 05-7
, which received an Environmental Merit Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2006. Reducing diesel emissions is a DEEP priority and we continue to move forward with a multi-faceted reduction strategy that includes mobile and stationary source applications for a number of reasons.
Diesel exhaust is a significant contributor to air pollution and has been classified as a probable human carcinogen by EPA.
Diesel engines emit high levels of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, as well as a complex mixture of gases many of which are known or suspected cancer causing agents. Diesel exhaust exacerbates asthma and causes inflammation of the airways.
Emissions from diesel powered electricity generators used to meet peak energy demand usually occur on high ozone
or ozone action days
Diesel exhaust is an important contributor to airborne concentrations of fine particle pollution, especially in urban areas.
Diesel exhaust contains the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide and black carbon, significant contributors to climate change.
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Content Last Updated on June 20, 2013