Will EPA Regulate Hamburgers Now? Study Shows They Pollute More Than Semi-Trucks

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A UC Riverside study found that commercially cooked hamburgers cause more air pollution than diesel trucks.

The study, which focused on commercial charbroilers found in burger restaurants, said the equipment generates grease, smoke, water vapors and combustion products, which emit a large amount of particulate matter into the air.

“For comparison, an 18-wheeler diesel engine truck would have to drive 143 miles on the freeway to put out the same mass of particulates as a single charbroiled hamburger patty,” said Bill Welch, the principle engineer.

Researchers at UCR, who found few regulations for the restaurant emissions, said they’re developing a contraption to trap the particulates.

“Our goal is to find something cost-effective and technically feasible to reduce the smoke,” said Welch.

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  • CaptTurbo

    The EPA is one of the greatest farces ever foisted on America.

  • blogengeezer

    EPA is very quiet on the fact that ‘this season’s alone (over 1 million acres burned), wildfires burning ‘over fueled’ forests, where logging has been environmentally banned for 50 years, across the western states, are polluting with ‘their’ despised CO2, at the rate of ten years equivalent to Every car/truck across the entire USA. Particulates? Off the charts. 100,000 acres of ‘over fueled’ forest burning (naturally) for several weeks, equals one full year of US man made car/truck CO2… Strange that “The Academies” of higher learning, are so agenda driven and thus myopically focused on one molecule, They miss all of the rest of the HD pixels…. even on full screen.