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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 5, 2005

Contact: Karen Hershey
(609) 984-1795

DEP COMMISSIONER ISSUES STATEMENT
IN RESPONSE TO EPA STAFF PAPER CALLING FOR TOUGHER AIR POLLUTION STANDARDS

(05/92) TRENTON -- In response to a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff paper recommending stronger particle pollution standards, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell today issued the following statement:

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced staff recommendations in support of stronger standards for particle pollution, which further validates the prudent and progressive steps New Jersey is taking to protect the health of its residents - particularly children - from the harmful effects of fine-particle pollution from diesel engines.

The Department of Environmental Protection and the legislature have been working together on a series of initiatives to reduce fine-particle pollution from diesel exhaust. Soon, New Jerseyans will have the opportunity to have their voices heard on this important issue through a ballot question on Election Day on Nov. 8."

To read the EPA final staff paper go to: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/naaqs/standards/pm/s_pm_index.html

To learn more about DEP’s initiative to reduce harmful emissions from diesel exhaust, visit DEP’s Web site at: www.stopthesoot.org.

 

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