Nevada takes closer look at diesel fumes

| 9/10/2001

Nevada officials are looking to get tough on diesel smoke near Las Vegas in hopes of decreasing air pollution. A state committee next month will consider recommending that Nevada tighten its relatively lax standard for diesel smoke, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

The state tests diesel smoke for opacity, or thickness. Diesel there can be 70 percent opaque, 30 percentage points higher than in most states.

Clark County's new Air Quality Management Department is expected to launch a $300,000 study of diesel's contribution to air pollution in the Las Vegas Valley. The Valley has exceeded an upcoming federal ozone standard on three occasions this year.