Lawmakers pass series of clean air bills to help cut back on pollution in the Bronx

Clean air was on the agenda Wednesday, as the City Council voted in favor of a series of bills that will help cut down on harmful diesel emissions in the Bronx. Lawmakers passed five clean air bills and two pesticide control bills meant to help improve air quality in the Bronx and all across the city. The new laws seek to make sure the city purchases and contracts vehicles with the lowest emissions available by July 2006. In the Bronx, diesel pollution is three times higher than the national average. Residents complain that too many diesel trucks, and idling buses and vans are part of the problem.Most of the legislation passed Wednesday will take effect within the next three to six months.

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