The Ditching Dirty Diesel Collaborative in the Bay Area has worked over the past year on regional and county freight "goods movement" plans. They need a strong showing at Transportation Commission meetings to strengthen health and equity protections.
On Feb 24 the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) will vote on the regional "goods movement plan" affecting trucks, trains and ships. We need to be there to speak out against dirty diesel trucking.
Diesel pollution from the trucks, ships and trains that move goods in and out of the Bay Area, largely through the Port of Oakland, accounts for the majority of the cancer risk from air pollution in the Bay Area. It can also contribute to asthma attacks, cardiovascular problems and strokes.
These impacts are greatest for people living in close proximity to these sources. Noise, vibration and traffic caused by shippping, trains and trucking also affect people living near the ports and highways, who are largely low-income people of color. The health of these communities must be a priority in the development of regional plans.
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