LOS ANGELES – A scientist panel report asserting diesel exhaust fumes pose a serious cancer danger has drawn angry responses from diesel engine manufacturers.
On April 22, nine California scientists, headed by UCLA toxicologist John Froines, released a report that stated over a lifetime, exposure to diesel pollution would cause 450 lung cancers among every 1 million people exposed. Diesel engine manufacturers claim the report relies on obsolete data and improperly applied research while the Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) discounted the validity of the report altogether.
The impact of the report is widespread since an estimated 95 percent of conventional school buses are diesel-powered.
Source: School Transportation News, May 1998.