Release 04-06      
February 27, 2004


Jerry Martin 
Gennet Paauwe 
(916) 322-2990

ARB Approves Five Diesel Control Measures

SACRAMENTO -- The California Air Resources Board (ARB) today approved five diesel air quality measures. The control measures, which limit toxic diesel particulate and ozone-forming nitrogen oxide emissions are parts of the ARB's 10-year program to cut exposure to diesel exhaust by 75 percent by 2010.

ARB Chairman Dr. Alan Lloyd said, "Seventy percent of airborne toxics to which Californians are exposed come from diesel exhaust. Controlling diesel emissions is the number one health protection effort currently being undertaken by the ARB."

The five air toxic control measures (ATCM), which combined will reduce diesel particulate emissions by more than 2,700 tons per year include:

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.