Fly J 2Good news for those living in Lebec, CA!  The Flying J truck stop, just past the Grapevine along I-5 has been ‘electrified’.  This means that truckers no longer need to run the truck’s diesel engine to power the amenities; like A/C, refrigeration and lighting, in the cab of the truck.  Instead of idling their engines, truckers can simply plug in.  And, considering the skyrocketing costs of gas, this actually saves the truckers quite a bit of money!

For those who remember our EXHAUST-ed! Report, this is also big win for the residents living next to the Flying J truck stop who have been living with the unnecessary diesel pollution that has been raining down on their homes for years.

According to the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), “Numerous studies have linked elevated particle levels in the air to increased hospital admissions, emergency room visits, asthma

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attacks and premature deaths among those suffering from respiratory problems.”  and in 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified diesel exhaust as a Group 1 carcinogen.

Electrifying the Flying J in Lebec, CA will not only will this help the residents of Lebec breathe a little easier.  Shorepower Technologies, the company responsible for the installation, operates 55 other Truck Stop Electrification (TSE) sites as well as over 100 electric vehicle charging stations.

So- who says businesses and environmentalists can’t work together?!  Stories like this show we can come up with win-win solutions for industry and communities.

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