Chicago Tribune: Freight yard expansion could pose lung hazard

A July 17th Chicago Tribune article outlines public health and environmental threats from the proposed expansion of a freight rail yard in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood.  The Tribune‘s Michael Hawthorne cited ELPC analysis as showing “worrisome levels of soot [that] could spread several blocks beyond the site.”  The article goes on to say that additional diesel exhaust resulting from the expansion would cause soot levels to be five times higher than the EPA’s “significant impact level” near the rail yard, and that could make it harder for Cook County as a whole to comply with federal soot standards.

Diesel pollution already contributes to high rates of asthma in Englewood. ELPC is partnering with Sustainable Englewood Initiatives and the Northwestern Legal Clinic to help ensure that the rail yard expansion includes conditions to curb diesel pollution and protect public health.


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