Adopt Advanced Clean Truck Standards Now

Dear Editor,

I recently read an article that more than 50 percent of NC public school students sit in classrooms that are within a quarter of a mile of a major road. This increases their exposure to air pollution.  As a mom to two young children, I support the Advanced Clean Truck (ACT) standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) wants medium and heavy-duty trucks, that are over 8,500 pounds to go electric. This will reduce by 26 percent the smog-forming nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from the air. I also hope my kids can ride in an electric school bus.

Let’s adopt the ACT rule so that all NC kids can breathe “Tar Heel Blue” skies free from truck pollution.

Tina Dow