USA: Environmental NGOs petition govt. to cut disease-causing diesel emissions by trucks, trains, ships
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Author: Karen Robes Meeks, Long Beach Press Telegram (USA)
A judge will render a decision in the next few weeks on a lawsuit brought on by the City of Long Beach and other petitioners over a controversial $500 million rail yard project that they say would negatively affect bordering Long Beach and Wilmington neighborhoods... Judge Barry P. Goode will determine whether the Port of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles failed to properly analyze the environmental impacts of the Southern California International Gateway project, a rail yard proposed by BNSF Railway... One of the petitioners, the Natural Resources Defense Council, argues that the project will disproportionately impact minorities. “The truth is that the SCIG will make air pollution worse, especially for the low-income, communities of color that live, work, and go to school right next to the SCIG site,” said Morgan Wyenn, an attorney with the NRDC. Phillip Sanfield, spokesman for the Port of Los Angeles, said the city, the port and BNSF Railway are prepared to fully address and refute the legal challenges...adding that the brief jointly filed by the port and BNSF details the comprehensive technical review and public process over nearly a decade to study the environmental effects of SCIG... Los Angeles and BNSF officials have argued that the rail yard would curb truck traffic and pollution...
Author: Moving Forward Network (USA)
Every day, trucks, ships and trains carrying cargo to and from shipping ports in California, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and more spew deadly diesel emissions into vulnerable communities. This constant stream of pollution causes asthma, lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, and neurological disorders for those who live, work, or learn along these routes... The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the power to end deadly diesel emissions. We call on the EPA to clean our air, protect our planet from global climate change and advance environmental justice by reducing air pollution and promoting zero emissions technologies at every port, rail yard, distribution center, and busy truck corridor across the country.
Author: Natural Resources Defense Council
For the past two decades, NRDC's Dump Dirty Diesels Campaign has been a leader in local, state, national, and international efforts to solve the problem of dirty diesel exhaust. By creating groundbreaking programs to reduce community exposure to dirty diesel exhaust while demonstrating clean diesel and alternative fuel solutions in New York and California, successfully advocating for the world's most protective diesel fuel and emission standards in Washington, and working with the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles and local partners to introduce cleaner diesel fuels and vehicles in developing countries around the world, NRDC attorneys, scientists, engineers, and advocates have scored major victories on the path to cleaner air... Dirty diesel exhaust contains a wide mix of pollutants...all of which are emitted from the engines used in most trucks, buses, ships, trains, farm and construction equipment, generators, and even some cars and power plants.