As if New Jersey’s
reputation for having, um, fragrant air wasn’t enough, a new report shows that
diesel pollutants could be causing major health problems in urban areas of the
In its annual report
released July 13, the Clean Air Council – an advisory board for the New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection – found that diesel emissions from
trucks and school buses are hurting public well-being and raising health care
costs for residents in the state.
economic impact is partly due to the cost of health care associated with
treating conditions caused or aggravated by air pollution, such as lost school
and work days, lost productivity and citizens having to use the hospital
systems because they do not have health care coverage,” the report stated.
According to New
Jersey Department of Health data, the state had a $30 million dollar-per-year
increase in charity-care costs. It is estimated that 2 million New Jersey
residents do not have health care, the report said.