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Diesel and Health in America: The Lingering Threat

Everyone has experienced it: getting hit right in the face by a cloud of acrid diesel smoke. Perhaps you were standing on a street corner when a bus or truck whizzed by. Or maybe you were standing at a bus stop or stuck behind a dump truck grinding up a hill. But breahing diesel exhaust isn't just unpleasant. It is hazardous to your health. In fact, health research indicates that the portion of exhaust you can't see may be the most dangerous of all. Asthma, heart attacks, respiratory disease, heart attacks, and even premature death- all of these are among the most serious public health problems linked to emissions from the nation's fleet of diesel vehicles. The good news is that technology exists right now to clean up emissions from these engines, so that the most adverse health affects can be prevented.

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