Diesel pollution in the Bronx three times higher than the national average

A study released Tuesday found that emissions from diesel engines is causing a high number of deaths, especially in metropolitan areas.

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.

The study, which was released by the Clean Air Task Force, also highlighted that there were more than 200 premature deaths and more than 4,700 asthma cases in the Bronx caused by diesel soot.

One solution proposed by the task force was to retro-fit transit buses with filters, which costs about $5,000 but cuts back on 90 percent of the emissions.

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