Feb. 28 - Environmental and health organizations release study documenting commuters’ exposure to harmful diesel particles
Fine particle pollutants released from the exhaust of diesel-powered vehicles pose a major health risk to commuters in Austin and other cities across the nation, according to a new report released today by the nonprofit Clean Air Task Force (CATF) and produced with assistance by Public Citizen’s Texas office.
CATF, a Boston-based environmental research group, investigated diesel exhaust levels during commutes in New York City, N.Y.; Boston, Mass.; Austin, Texas and Columbus, Ohio. In its study, CATF documented diesel particle levels four to eight times higher inside commuter cars, buses, and trains than in the ambient outdoor air in those cities. When compared to Boston and Columbus, Austin ranked highest during peak pollution levels for exposure to three of four primary diesel pollutants inside cars when compared to outdoor air levels.
To read the entire press release, click here.
To read the report, click here.
For information about diesel risk in specific communities, click here.
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