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EDF today announced an ad campaign calling on the Biden administration and the Environmental Protection Agency to make short-haul vehicles cleaner.
Pollution from these trucks and buses causes heart and lung disease, especially in neighborhoods near ports, warehouses, highways and other high-traffic and industrial areas, often home to Black, Latino, Asian American and low-income communities. School buses also expose children to soot that causes asthma attacks and other health problems in nearly every community in America, and delivery vehicles and city buses bring serious additional health threats.
“By moving to zero-emissions trucks and buses we can dramatically reduce the health risk to our families,” said Peter Zalzal, Associate Vice President for Clean Air Strategies at Environmental Defense Fund. “Building zero-emission vehicles in America will also create jobs, help us out-compete Europe and China and reduce climate pollution from our transportation system – the largest source of those emissions.
“The Clean Air Act requires the Environmental Protection Agency to set standards that reduce harmful pollution from these vehicles. By taking bold action, EPA can make a real difference in the lives of our families, and move us toward greater environmental justice and create jobs.”
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