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Burying Evidence--Contruction Equpment and Air Quality

Adrian Moore
January 20, 2007, 4:43am

In Digging Up Trouble: The Health Risks of Construction Pollution in California, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) claims air pollution from construction vehicles is killing more than 1,100 Californians each year, sending similar numbers to the hospital, and sickening hundreds of thousands more. UCS estimates the economic toll at more than $9 billion per year. Fortunately, these claims have little to do with reality. UCS exaggerates harm from air pollution by excluding contrary evidence and ignoring weaknesses in studies that support its predetermined conclusions. Read Reason's analysis of the report, by Joel Schwartz, here. Laer, at Cheat Seeking Missles, weighs in here.

Adrian Moore is Vice President, Policy


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