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Diesel Impacts

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Health Impacts of Diesel Pollution

Diesel pollution contains 40 of the toxics monitored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for air quality. It is a mixture of black carbon, toxic gases, and tiny particles, that when inhaled can cause irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat as well as increases in asthma attacks, heart disease, lung disease, and other respiratory illnesses. Recent studies have now determined a link between [ MORE » ]

Clean Construction Policies

The Problem: Diesel pollution from all sectors is associated with numerous adverse health effects including lung cancer, asthma attacks, heart attacks, stroke, and an estimated 21,000 premature deaths each year in the United States. Pollution from construction equipment poses a serious threat to communities and project workers alike. Heavy construction equipment operators face an increased risk of lung disease from their exposure to diesel [ MORE » ]

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Reauthorization

The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA), originally enacted in 2005 was designed to reduce emissions from the 20 million existing, legacy diesel engines in use today by as much as 90 percent. DERA is an innovative voluntary program of national and state grants and loans for the installation of retrofits on existing heavy-duty diesel vehicles and engines. DERA is implemented through EPA’s National Clean [ MORE » ]

LEED Clean Construction Pilot Credit

A “Clean Construction” pilot credit has been added into the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Pilot Credit Library. The pilot credit aims to limit emissions from dirty diesel engines that are harmful to public health and the global climate. The Problem Fine particle pollution produced by diesel engines causes 21,000 deaths a year in the United States, according [ MORE » ]

Clean Construction Act of 2011 Letter of Support


Black Carbon, Diesel and Climate Change

Black carbon as a Climate Changing Agent Black carbon is a major component of fine particulate matter. It results from the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels and biomass. Black carbon absorbs visible light, which disturbs the planet’s radiation balance and leads to increased warming. It is a potent warming agent: one gram of black carbon causes anything from 100 to 2000 times more warming [ MORE » ]

Black Carbon and Retrofits


Diesel Impact Overview

Diesel exhaust is emitted from engines that use diesel fuel to operate. Diesel exhaust contains particulate matter, nitrogen oxides and over 40 chemicals that are classified as “hazardous air pollutants” under the Clean Air Act. Primary sources of diesel exhaust include trucks, buses, construction equipment, trains, and marine vessels. Post 2007 on-road diesel engines are 90 percent cleaner than in previous years, but millions [ MORE » ]

Diesel Solutions

The good news is diesel technology has improved dramatically over the past several years and there are now retrofit technologies and cleaner fuels available to reduce pollutants emitted from diesel engines. The use of retrofits, such as diesel particulate filters (DPF), with ultra-low sulfur diesel, is one of the most cost-effective solutions to drastically reducing particulate matter from diesel engines. Other technologies like diesel [ MORE » ]

What SACE Is Doing about Diesel Pollution

SACE is part of the Diesel Clean Up Campaign, a diverse partnership of over 500 environmental, health, faith and industry organizations. The partnership works to reduce direct diesel fine particulate matter and black carbon emission from heavy-duty diesel engines. SACE also works with the Southeast Diesel Collaborative, which is part of EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign, a program combining regulatory measures with voluntary initiatives [ MORE » ]