Committee holds hearing on clean air legislation in the Bronx
The Environmental Protection Committee is considering a handful of bills Thursday that could help reduce diesel pollution in the Bronx and the city. Recent studies show the level of diesel soot pollution in the Bronx is three times higher than the national average. Under the new legislation, garbage trucks, city buses and other diesel-powered vehicles will be required to operate under clean air technology. The sanitation department will also expand the use of natural gas trucks. Clean air advocates and health officials have thrown support behind the bills. If the committee approves the bills, they will be sent to the full City Council for consideration.