Dear Michael Johnston,
Eighty-seven million Americans live and work in regions near ports that violate Federal air quality standards, where rates and risk of asthma, cancer and respiratory illnesses are rampant.
The good news is we can pinpoint a major culprit -- an unaccountable port trucking industry and the dirty diesel trucks that move goods in and out of our ports. Yet the trucking industry, and its mouthpiece, the American Trucking Association, has halted efforts to fix this problem by hiding behind 30-year-old laws that were created when the health risks of diesel pollution were unknown. Instead of taking responsibility for new EPA-compliant trucks, industry polluters are forcing low-income drivers and their families to risk their lives and livelihoods to pay for the clean fleet our communities desperately need.
Congress is holding a hearing about the impact of port trucking on May 5, and they need to hear from you now! Please e-mail your Representative and Senators today and ask for their support of Clean Truck Programs at our nation’s ports. To send an e-mail, please click here.