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School Bus Diesel Emissions legislation:
- Can help to decrease attacks of childhood asthma, a disease
which costs over $6 billion dollars per year to treat and is one
of the top reasons that children miss school days;
- Improves air quality in and around schools and school buses;
- Lowers the incidence of asthma attacks and other respiratory
ailments among students, bus drivers, school officials, teachers,
- Creates awareness about smog-forming air pollution and health
hazards of diesel;
- Could help decrease the number of children hospitalized due
to asthma (currently 150,000 per year);
- Addresses the problem of air pollutant levels inside vehicles
such as school buses, which are calculated to be up to four times
higher than in the ambient air;
- Phases out older, dirtier school buses that may not be as safe
as newer buses;
- Fosters less of a domestic and foreign dependence on petroleum,
thereby limiting vulnerability to price and supply fluctuations;
- Will help to ensure that regional levels of airborne particulate
matter, nitrogen oxides, and ozone will attain the federal Clean
Air Act’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards.
By increasing alternative fuel use, consumers have fuel choices
that compete with diesel, broaden the supply base, and have lower
- The longer we wait to adopt less environmentally harmful energy
sources, the more it will cost us in environmental degradation,
adverse health effects and treatment, and pollution control measures.
- As petroleum and other non-renewable fuels become increasingly
expensive, regulation that increases the use of alternative, renewable,
and domestically-produced energy sources will help states that
act early in producing and using such fuels to have an economic
Diesel fuel standards in the U.S. are not as strict as European
- Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel in the U.S. typically refers to diesel
containing 15 ppm (parts per million) of sulfur.
- In Europe, Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel ranges between 5 ppm
to 10 ppm.
- It is misleading when U.S. companies call diesel fuel containing
15 ppm “Ultra Low Sulfur;” it may lead to future discrepancies
when we strive for sulfur content reductions down to 5 - 10 ppm.
Diesel engine emission control technologies are abundant.
|This package was last updated on May 4, 2004.