CAB to offer testimony on air quality: Sentinel News

April 7, 2008: Sentinel News

CAB to Offer Testimony on Air Quality

Staff Reports

The Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania has been invited to testify Thursday at a hearing by the state House Transportation Committee on an anti-idling bill.

The proposed legislation passed the state Senate 50-1. If it passes the House, the bill will limit the amount of time commercial diesel trucks and buses can idle. It would take full effect in 2010 and diesel vehicles will be allowed to idle only five minutes in any hour, with some operational exceptions.

Thomas Au, CAB’s spokesman at the hearing, will note that diesel exhaust concentrated at truck stops, rest areas and along roadsides affects the health of those who must breathe these emissions — workers, drivers and residents.

Breathing air containing diesel exhaust can reduce lung function, thereby aggravating asthma and other respiratory conditions and leading to more doctor visits, more emergency room visits and more hospital admissions.

Diesel exhaust contributes to the level of fine particulate in the air. Central Pennsylvania experiences high fine particulate concentrations year-round.

The hearing begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Irvis Office Building, room G50.

The Clean Air Board was formed in the fall of 2005 after more than 100 Cumberland County physicians signed and published in the newspaper an open letter informing the community of the growing danger of ozone and particulate pollution.

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