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MARYLAND. Demand stronger efforts to control area and point source emissions of hazardous air pollutants.
Learn more about what needs to be
done to reduce health risks from HAPs.
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I have just been reviewing data on hazardous air pollutants in my local
air, shown on Environmental Defense's Scorecard website (scorecard.org),
and the health risks posed by diesel emissions are shocking. Based on data
from U.S. EPA's national-scale air toxics assessment (NATA), diesel
emissions by themselves are responsible for over 75% of the cancer risk in
outdoor air attributable to hazardous air pollutants as a whole.
In other words, tighter controls on diesel alone would bring major benefits
in reducing the health risks from hazardous air pollutants.
I strongly urge you to support and implement the controls recommended by
the state and territorial air pollution program administrators (STAPPA) and
the association of local air pollution control officials (ALAPCO),
* securing the more stringent standards for on-road, heavy-duty diesel
engines you have now tentatively accepted, based on current advanced
technology, for implementation in the 2007 model year; specifically,
nitrogen oxide (NOx) standards no less stringent than 0.2 grams per brake-
horsepower (g/bhp-hr), particulate matter (PM) emissions standards no less
stringent than 0.01 g/bhp-hr, and a limit on the sulfur level in diesel
highway fuel of 15 parts per million (ppm) or less;
* adopting equivalently stringent emissions standards for non-road
heavy-duty diesel engines, to be implemented in the same time frame, along
with the ultra-low sulfur non-road diesel fuel that will be necessary to
achieve these limits; and
* effective steps to guarantee that all heavy-duty diesel engines, both
on-road and non-road, operate in practice as cleanly as they are supposed
to in design.
I also urge you to propose and aggressively implement the closest
equivalent to these standards that are legally possible under our own state
law. You need your own strong tools, as well as federal tools, to deal
with this #1 air toxics problem.
Sincerely,-- your name and address will appear here --