Statewide Policy Needed for #CleanAirNow!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Safe Routes Partnership supports the Central Lane, Salem-Keizer and Portland Metro regions to improve health and advance active transportation. These areas are experiencing significant air quality issues as a result of diesel emissions, and those most at-risk to air pollution include children, the elderly, those with chronic health problems, people of color, and people of lower socioeconomic levels. We believe that everyone deserves to have what they need to thrive, including clean air. That’s why we’re calling for action to bring about environmental justice for our most impacted communities. In recent years we’ve supported the legislature’s use of VW settlement dollars to replace diesel school buses, and now we’re pushing for strong policy that uses remaining funds to phase out heavy-duty diesel trucks across the state. We have an opportunity this legislative session to make meaningful change in areas that suffer from poor air quality, and we hope you’ll join us in asking our leaders to prioritize #CleanAirNow!

Contact your legislator today and ask that they make sure to pass meaningful statewide standards for retiring dirty diesel engines.

Read our earlier coverage this year of diesel legislation in Oregon.