Contact: Dena Mottola, NJPIRG
, phone 609-394-8155 ext 306.
NJPIRG noted that the $15.5-million cleanup plan is expected to reduce diesel emissions by roughly 10 percent over the next decade.
Contact: Ethan Levine, NJPIRG, phone 609-394-8155, website http://njpirg.org.
NJPIRG noted that 13 of New Jersey's 21 counties exceed the maximum levels for soot pollution allowed under standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), with exhaust from large diesel burning vehicles making up the majority of soot pollution from mobile sources in the state.
If funded by voters, NJPIRG said the cleanup plan will reduce New Jersey's soot levels by roughly 10 percent over the next decade, removing just over 400 tons of soot pollution from the air each year.
NJPIRG noted that approval for funding must go to the state's voters in November since the cleanup draws on existing revenue from the Corporate Business Tax's constitutionally dedicated environmental funds.
According to NJPIRG, while the legislation requires automobile manufacturers to sell an estimated 160,000 clean vehicles per year in the state beginning January 1, 2009, the measure allows carmakers to receive credits towards the 2009 requirement "for clean cars placed in the state as early as 1999 and up until 2009."
Additionally, NJPIRG noted that the bill requires automakers to "produce a small fraction of pure zero emission cars for New Jersey starting in 2012."
Contact: Dena Mottola, NJPIRG, phone 609-394-8155, website http://njpirg.org.
NJPIRG noted that researchers producing the estimates used air pollution monitoring data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), baseline health statistics from the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and EPA, a review of scientific studies of the connection between air pollution and health damage, and methodology based on similar work produced by EPA and the World Health Organization.
NJPIRG said the pollutants examined in the study mainly come from the burning of fossil fuels such as gasoline and diesel fuel in motor vehicles and coal and natural gas in power plants.