Report Highlights Significant Diesel-Related Health Risks in West Oakland
Report Highlights Significant Diesel-Related Health RisksA recently released report prepared by the California Air Resources Board and Bay Area Air Quality Management District highlights the significant diesel-related health risks faced by residents of West Oakland, CA community. The report looked at exposure to diesel exhaust coming from the port of Oakland, a nearby rail yard and local truck traffic. The results show that residents living in the area have a three- to four-times higher risk of getting cancer than people living elsewhere in the Bay Area. The key findings indicate that residents living in the area have an estimated lifetime cancer risk from exposure to diesel particulate matter of about 1,200 excess cancers per million. The estimate is based on long-term exposure but it clearly highlights the danger than can exist in areas where there is exposure to high levels of diesel particulate matter exhaust. In recent years, California has moved on a number of different fronts to reduce such exposure by encouraging and, in some cases, requiring faster turnover of older diesel-powered vehicles in order to reduce exposure to such emissions. Significant efforts have focused particularly on cleaning up emissions at ports located in the state. Another key finding in the report is that emissions from on-road heavy-duty trucks resulted in the �largest contribution to the overall potential cancer risks levels,� accounting for 70 percent of the additional cancer risk. To view the report and learn more about this study, visit: http://www.arb.ca.gov/ch/communities/ra/westoakland/westoakland.htm.
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