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By Yael Calhoun

Ever because the business Revolution, air caliber has been slowly constructing into some of the most urgent concerns dealing with either the U.S. and the area. As toxins fromn undefined, autos, and chemical compounds has elevated, evnironmental advocates became extra vocal of their calls for for laws.

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5 million adults and nearly 3 million children with asthma live in parts of the United States with very high levels of ozone. 8 million children with asthma live in areas with high levels of short-term particle pollution. Three and a half million adults and nearly one and a half million children with asthma live in counties with unhealthful levels of year-round particle pollution. Older and Younger Over 15 million adults 65 and over and 29 million children age 14 and under live in counties with unhealthful ozone levels.

13 14 AIR QUALITY Ozone Can Be Transported Over Long Distances Ozone and the chemicals that react to form it can be carried hundreds of miles from their origins, causing air pollution over wide regions. Millions of Americans live in areas where ozone levels exceed EPA’s health-based air quality standards, primarily in parts of the Northeast, the Lake Michigan area, parts of the Southeast, southeastern Texas, and parts of California. Health and Environmental Impacts of Ground-level Ozone Ground-level ozone even at low levels can adversely affect everyone.

Clean up Dirty Diesel While new rules to regulate emissions of diesel truck and buses will make a great deal of difference in the quality of our air, these rules alone will not be enough. EPA also must take steps to control heavy equipment and other nonroad diesel engines and fuel to the same degree as diesel buses and trucks. In fact, heavy equipment diesel engines (such as bulldozers, excavators, tractors, electric generators and forklifts) are a larger source of emissions than diesel trucks and buses.

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