Warehouses/logistics centers (whichever you choose to call them) continue to grow throughout Lehigh Valley and beyond. They bring with them an unwanted by-product, increased truck traffic spewing diesel exhaust. Below are sources detailing the toxic effects of diesel exhaust:

1) Diesel Exhaust Exposure
“What are the health effects of diesel exhaust exposure? Sudden short-term exposure to DE can cause: • Irritation of the eyes, throat, and lungs • Lightheadedness, headaches, fatigue, and nausea • Respiratory symptoms like coughing and mucus • Worsening of allergies and triggering of asthma attacks Long-term exposure to DE can cause: • Chronic cough and mucus, chest tightness and wheezing, and decreased lung function • Worsening of lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis • Lung cancer • Heart disease or worsening of pre-existing heart conditions”
2) Health effects of diesel exhaust (OEHHA)
 Diesel engines are a major source of fine-particle pollution. The elderly and people with emphysema, asthma and chronic heart and lung disease are especially sensitive to fine-particle pollution. Numerous studies have linked elevated particle levels in the air to increased hospital admissions, emergency room visits, asthma attacks, and premature deaths among those suffering from respiratory problems. Because children’s lungs and respiratory systems are still developing, they are also more susceptible than healthy adults to fine particles. Exposure to fine particles is associated with increased frequency of childhood illnesses and can also reduce lung function in children.
3) Diesel Exhaust and Cancer
Diesel exhaust can cause health problems and can most likely increase the risk of lung cancer (and possibly other cancers). https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/diesel-exhaust-and-cancer.html
4) Health effects of diesel exhaust emissions
“Of the motor vehicle-generated air pollutants, diesel exhaust particles account for a highly significant percentage of the particles emitted in many towns and cities. This review is therefore focused on the health effects of diesel exhaust, and especially the particular matter components. Acute effects of diesel exhaust exposure include irritation of the nose and eyes, lung function changes, respiratory changes, headache, fatigue, and nausea. Chronic exposures are associated with cough, sputum production, and lung function decrements. In addition to symptoms, exposure studies in healthy humans have documented a number of profound inflammatory changes in the airways, notably, before changes in pulmonary function can be detected. It is likely that such effects may be even more detrimental in asthmatics and other subjects with compromised pulmonary function. There are also observations supporting the hypothesis that diesel exhaust is one important factor contributing to the allergy pandemic”.
5) Toxic fumes threaten our children. We have to take on the pollution lobby
“The growth in emissions is creating a ‘diesel generation’ of unhealthy youngsters. And some of the world’s most powerful industries are behind it”.