Big news last week in the wake of the city council ordinance that was passed to reduce emissions from construction sites.
“Residents of several Chicago neighborhoods are likely exposed to diesel emissions at levels many times higher than the average for urban areas, testing by the Chicago News Cooperative shows. In nearly 100 hours of spot testing in early April–near dense residential areas, schools and parks in both working-class and wealthier neighborhoods–the CNC found elevated levels of black carbon. Testing for black carbon is a common way to determine levels of diesel exhaust, which is linked to higher risks of cancer, heart disease and lung disease and is also known to exacerbate allergies and asthma.”
read the full article and testing results from the Chicago News Cooperative.