HESPERIA (CBSLA.com) — A UC Riverside study found that commercially cooked hamburgers cause more air pollution than diesel trucks.READ MORE: Ericka England, Her 4 Grandchildren Identified As 5 Killed In Horrific Lancaster Shootings; Their Father Charged With Murder
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.READ MORE: 3 Killed, 6 Injured In Shooting At Michigan High School
“Our goal is to find something cost-effective and technically feasible to reduce the smoke,” said Welch.
The study also said grilled burgers produce less particulates in the air than charbroiled ones.
Customers at a Hesperia burger joint said you can’t compare diesel emissions with hamburger smoke.
“Either way, we’re living in a world (where) we’re still going through pollution. But the difference is we are getting some type of benefit from (the burger),” said Maria Segura.MORE NEWS: Skiers Rejoice: Bear Mountain, Snow Summit To Open Thursday
The UCR study is co-funded by the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.