The Diamond Bar-based South Coast Air Quality Management District will receive a $1 million grant as part of the federal Diesel Emission Reduction Act of 2005. The Pasadena Star reports that the funds are intended to remove older diesel trucks from Southern California highways.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that air in the four-county Los Angeles base will see a reduction of 11.79 tons of nitrogen oxides, 0.28 tons of tiny diesel particulate matter, 1.16 tons of hydrocarbons, 5.61 tons of carbon monoxide and 707 tons of carbon dioxide if older diesel trucks are removed from the roads.
Diesel vehicles will be replaced with more modern vehicles that have been outfitted with clean technology. Trucks that qualify for replacement have to be at least 10 years old and can’t be retrofitted with new air quality controls. By removing these vehicles from the road, air pollution levels will decrease around the region, which will improve the quality of life of many locals.
Traffic-related pollution can easily find its way indoors. Homeowners concerned about the negative health impacts of fine particulate matter can invest in home air purifier like IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers.