A policy of investing in diesel generators would be a mistake, threatening the lung health of our community.
Diesel combustion gives off some of the most toxic pollution we know. The cough-producing, airway-tightening "dirty electricity" produced by diesel combustion should have no place in our region's long-term search for energy solutions.
Even with short-term use, the cancer-causing pollution from this kind of generator has serious health consequences, such as the worsening of asthma and emphysema. The American Lung Association urges our community to limit our dependence on diesel generators to only the most serious electricity emergencies.
The region urgently needs better information about whether diesel generators are located close to schools, nursing homes or other sensitive places, and about whether some generators are producing less pollution and should be more frequently used.