Diesel pollution is harmful to health
Although invisible to the naked eye, nitrogen oxides in diesel pollution are extremely potent not only by themselves, but also when they react with other pollutants in the air to form smog. Research shows that prolonged exposure to smog can limit lung function in children, cause breathing trouble for people with asthma, and can even trigger heart attacks for those with heart disease. Learn more about the health impacts of diesel pollution and where the affected vehicles were located.
Electrifying transit buses
Nearly five million people live in Washington's busiest transportation corridors, where air pollution levels are high. Millions of students, commuters, and people who live near bus routes are exposed to pollution from transit buses each day. We're investing $9.5 million in communities statewide to reduce the amount of air pollution they breathe.
Adding electric vehicles to state fleets
In 2015, Gov. Jay Inslee announced the Washington State Electric Fleets Initiative that ensures at least 20 percent of all new state government passenger vehicle purchases are electric vehicles. We will work with state government agencies to invest $5.5 million to transform vehicles from fossil fuels to electric. Overall, this will save millions of government dollars in fuel and maintenance costs. It will also help the state meet the Governor's initiative while protecting air quality.