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New regulations target transportation emissions in Georgia

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 by Shanteya Hudson, May 20, 2024 

New federal clean-truck standards in Georgia will improve air quality and public health.

The Environmental Protection Agency aims to reduce pollution from heavy-duty trucks starting in 2027, targeting the state’s largest source of greenhouse-gas emissions.

Bridget Murphy Brown is a public health advocate and a Georgia registered nurse. She highlighted the positive impact these regulations will have on communities.

She said it will help limit the harmful impacts for those who live near major transportation routes.

“Those that live closest to where these noxious pollutants are in the air are often low-income families and, often communities of color,” said Murphy Brown. “So they are more vulnerable to more severe respiratory diseases.”

The new rule will not only improve health but also boost the economy.

According to Georgia state Sen. Harold Jones – D-Augusta – it will generate two million jobs and bring in more than $1 trillion in revenue to the state.

Murphy Brown acknowledged the progress made, but urges for further improvements to consider the impact of emissions on human health.

She emphasized the importance of involving urban planners, public health advocates and industry stakeholders in the decision-making process to promote a healthier environment.

Murphy Brown highlighted that this issue transcends political lines, and called for collaborative efforts for the sake of future generations and the environment.

“I think when we plan our communities, we can really promote better health – mentally, physically, and for the environment,” said Murphy Brown. “I believe if public health and urban planners collaborate, there are things that can be done to mitigate the challenges that we’re seeing.”

The EPA’s new rule will affect various vehicles – including delivery trucks, public transportation, utility trucks, haulers and tractors.

The aim is to implement stricter regulations to reduce smog and soot pollution.

This story is republished from Public News Service (PNS) under a Creative Commons license. Read the original story.