New diesel pollution rules will save lives
The California Air Resources Board took a decisive step last week that will soon save lives throughout the state. It adopted a fair plan to begin distributing $1 billion in bond money to truckers and other freight haulers who are willing to help cut their toxic diesel air pollution.
This action couldn't come at a better time. In October, the Air Resources Board plans to adopt regulations that will require owners of older polluting trucks operating in the state to clean up their pollution. A similar rule already has been adopted for trucks that work at the ports.
As a group, trucks are the largest source of toxic diesel pollution in the state, and about three-quarters of the $1 billion is earmarked for truck cleanup. Air pollution experts agree that if the state's most polluted regions are ever going to achieve clean air, diesel trucks have to get cleaner faster than they would through natural turnover. The reason: Diesel engines are tough and last a long time. <snip>