Diesel Campaign

The Philadelphia region, which includes Delaware, does not meet federal air quality standards for particulate matter (soot) and ozone (smog) – pollutants found in diesel emissions. Clean Air Council works to reduce pollution from diesel emissions in Philadelphia and Delaware through its work on ports, and the Diesel Difference Working Groups in both areas.
 
Particulate matter (PM) can have many negative health impacts that include an increased rate of asthma and asthma attacks, bronchitis, heart disease, high blood pressure, heart attacks, and other respiratory and heart-related impacts. New studies even show that PM can contribute to diabetes and obesity, as well as an increased rate of cancer.
 

Clean Air Council focuses its diesel pollution reduction program work on delivery and drayage trucks, public and school buses, and machinery at the Philadelphia and Delaware ports. Some of the strategies the Council uses include anti-idling campaigns, diesel exhaust retrofit programs, community air monitoring, and working with industry through the Diesel Difference Groups to come up with creative solutions for reducing diesel pollution.
 

 

Illustration of the make-up of a diesel particle

NEWS FROM THE DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL AND THE DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTION
Contact: Melanie Rapp, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902; or Gary Laing, DelDOT, 302-760-2523
Governor Markell and the Congressional Delegation announce opening of Delaware’s first electrified parking area for trucks
Smyrna Rest Area, U.S. Route 13 (April 19, 2011) – Today, Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara, Acting DelDOT Secretary Cleon Cauley and the Delaware Congressional Delegation of Senator Tom Carper, Senator Chris Coons and Representative John Carney announced the grand opening of Delaware’s first electrified parking area for trucks. The site includes 24 electrified parking spaces, which will eliminate the need for drivers to idle their diesel engines by allowing truckers to shut down their engines completely and attach to external consoles mounted on pedestals powered by grid-supplied electricity, which can meet all heating and cooling needs and provide access to the internet.

Particulate matter (PM) can have many negative health impacts that include an increased rate of asthma and asthma attacks, bronchitis, heart disease, high blood pressure, heart attacks, and other respiratory and heart-related impacts. New studies even show that PM can contribute to diabetes and obesity, as well as an increased rate of cancer.

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