Thursday, October 6, 2011

EPA Approves Plans to Reduce CA Particle Pollution

The U.S. EPA has approved plans to reduce particle pollution in the San Joaquin Valley and along the Southern California coast. Originally outlined in a California Interstate Transport State Implementation Plan (SIP), these new regulations will require the state to reduce particle pollution to levels described in the SIP by 2015.

The EPA’s decision is largely a response to a California Air Resources Board study attributing an annual 9,200 premature deaths statewide to microscopic particles caused by diesel emissions. These particles are small enough to travel deep into the lungs when inhaled, and they can aggravate chronic conditions such as asthma and emphysema.

New emissions requirements will affect mobile diesel equipment used in a variety of industries, including construction, shipping, and trucking. Operations using heavy machinery in the San Joaquin Valley or in Southern California can expect aggressive state regulatory measures in the near future.

For more information, visit the U.S. EPA’s website at:

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