Taking a Toll: The High Cost of Health, Environment, and Worker Impacts of the Oakland Port Trucking System

Published: February 14, 2009
Authors: Swati Prakash, Jennifer Lin
Pages: 40

A new report on the Port of Oakland trucking system finds enormous costs of health, environment, and worker impacts due to Port truck diesel pollution and poor working conditions. The report, Taking a Toll, estimates the economic cost to the Bay Area of these health impacts reaches at least $153 million annually.

The report, authored by the Pacific Institute and the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, finds Oakland Port truck diesel emissions pollute surrounding neighborhoods and contribute to premature death, exacerbate asthma, and increase cancer risk and other diseases among residents and drivers. Residents and truck drivers pay the price with their health, and taxpayers, residents, and truck drivers pay the health care costs. Further negative impacts such as noise, pedestrian hazards, lack of sleep and lower school performance are caused by trucks in the neighborhoods.