STATE – New Jersey needs to take the lead in the fight against diesel exhaust pollution, according to New Jersey Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel.
The World Health Organization’s cancer agency has declared that diesel fumes are carcinogenic. New Jersey has some of the highest concentration of diesel trucks anywhere in the county and some of worst air quality in the nation.
“The World Health Organization’s declaration that diesel is a carcinogen should be a wakeup call to everyone in New Jersey and across the country. Too many people are put at risk for cancer from diesel pollution. The WHO shows we need to do more here in New Jersey to protect us from diesel pollution,” said Tittel. “The WHO shows New Jersey has to take the lead in protecting its citizens from this pollution.”
“We are ranked ninth unhealthiest in the nation from diesel soot,” Tittel continued. “The state needs to strengthen protections for the people of New Jersey by upgrading our anti-idling regulations, cleaning up ports and construction sites, and developing special programs to help people in effected communities like Newark and Elizabeth.”
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