Do you know trains and boats ‘ the only mode of transports for many in the remotes, cause about 4,400 premature deaths?! Not all, but the ones powered by diesel-fueled engines. Not only that, these modes of transports cause nearly 5,700 nonfatal heart attacks and more than 73,000 asthma attacks in children, says a study by associations representing air pollution control officials.
The study was made by the State and Territorial Air Pollution Program Administrators and the Association of Local Air Pollution Control Officials. It is an attempt to prod the Environmental Protection Agency to make good on its promise of new regulations.
Bill Becker, the executive director for both groups said, “These are among the largest and most dangerous under-regulated sources of pollution in the United States’ It is within EPA’s power to avoid most of these premature deaths as well as most of the other adverse health consequences.”