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Launched National Diesel Clean-up Campaign

From 2003 to 2012, CATF co-led the National Diesel Clean-up Campaign to reduce harmful air pollution from diesel cars.

Diesels churn out a hazardous mix of gaseous and particle pollutants. What’s more, diesel exhaust is emitted at ground level – where we breathe it – by trucks and buses around us in traffic, at school and transit bus stops, and by heavy construction or agricultural equipment. Diesel exhaust contains numerous dangerous compounds, ranging from respiratory irritants to carcinogens including a host of air toxics, particulate matter, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides.

The Diesel Clean-Up Campaign resulted in many state and federal initiatives which have gone forward with mandates and funding that will reduce diesel emissions substantially in the coming years. This includes funding for diesel retrofits via federal appropriations and fines resulting from the “Diesel-gate” scandal, now in excess of $2 billion.