Clean Engines, Clean Air

We need SB 1008

Toxic air is coming from the dirty diesel engines of our school buses, our transit buses, our delivery trucks, and our garbage trucks. Not to mention construction equipment.

  • Diesel emissions are at unhealthy levels in at least 23 Oregon counties
  • Newer diesel engines run 95% cleaner than older engines
  • Diesel exhaust costs us $3.5billion every year in health costs and lost productivity.
  • Diesel pollution increases the risk of cancer, lung damage, heart attacks, strokes, and infertility
  • About 90% of Oregonians live in counties where diesel exhaust increases risk of cancer over a lifetime
  • In many neighborhoods, average diesel pollution levels exceed state health benchmarks by 20x or more.
By the time we smell diesel, it’s already in our lungs.
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Toxic air hits hardest on low-income communities and communities of color. Kids at elementary schools like Jason Lee Elementary have to breathe in the exhaust coming off two nearby freeways.  

That’s unacceptable. Nobody should have to fight to breathe, but in many Oregon neighborhoods, that is the reality.

Maybe you suffer from asthma. Or allergies that make it difficult to breathe. Or your daughter goes to school in an old diesel bus.

In our office, James is a cancer survivor. And the chemo that saved his life also wrecked his lungs. When he is forced to breathe a plume of diesel exhaust, he has to fight to breathe.

People all over Oregon are fighting the effects of our state’s lax regulations on diesel engines. Oregon ranks among the five worst states for asthma, sending as many as one in seven people who are suffering from an asthma attack to the emergency department.


Clean Engines, Clean Air (SB 1008) would end the purchase of old diesel engines, and set deadlines for replacement of existing dirty diesel engines. Plus, it incentivizes small engine owners to retire the dirtiest diesel. A $68 million settlement with Volkswagen jumpstarts Oregon’s investment in cleaner engine technology.

  • Senate Committee

    On April 24th, 2017 SB 1008 passed out of the Senate Environment & Natural Resources Committee and was referred to rules

  • Senate Rules

    On May 17, 2017 there was a public hearing for the bill in the rules committee, it has not yet passed out of the committee.

  • Passage of the bill

    SB 1008 still needs to pass out of the rules committee, then pass out of the Senate, before undergoing the same process in the house. Finally it will need the Governor’s signature.