The Green Energy Institute released A new report titled Deconstructing Diesel: A Law & Policy Roadmap for Reducing Diesel Emissions in the Portland Metropolitan Area which offers a road map for reducing diesel pollution in the Portland metro area.
Despite a reputation for being environmentally progressive, Oregon is falling behind its neighbors when it comes to diesel pollution. Portland State University professor Linda George, studying diesel air pollution in the area. On a random Thursday morning, her sensors in southwest Portland registered black carbon at an alarming level.
“It is 1,400 nanograms and the health benchmark for Oregon is 100. For California it is three,” George said. What’s more, those tiny black bits are different than other types of air pollution George said. “Those particles, diesel particulate matter, are small particles that get into your lungs and pass into the brain. And they are a known carcinogen.”