Do coal and diesel trains make for unhealthy air?

Dan Jaffe

University of Washington

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30 June 2013
There is a proposal to significantly increase the number of trains carrying coal through Washington State, but at present little is known about the likely health impacts from this plan. Our project will examine air quality for people living near the tracks for both fine particulate (diesel) and larger particles that may be associated with coal dust. Phase 1 was completed last year. Phase 2 takes place in Fall 2014 in Bellingham (campaign here).

Budget

Budget Overview

The funds will be used for equipment (met station, laptop and adapters), a technician and students to setup, collect and analyze the data.

Meet the Researcher

Background

I am a Professor at the University of Washington and an expert on air quality. My research team has published over 100 scientific papers and conducted dozens of air quality studies in the Pacific Northwest and around the globe with funding from NSF, NASA, NOAA, etc. I have participated on review and advisory panels for the NSF, NASA, EPA, NOAA and the National Academy of Sciences and my work is widely cited in the scientific literature. Learn more about my research here. I also have a previous study of air quality in the Columbia River Gorge: http://www.atmos-chem-phys.net/9/7997/2009/acp-9-7997-2009.html


Press

Phase 1 work was published. See: www.atmospolres.com/articles/Volume5/issue2/APR-14-040.pdf

Deliverables:
A final technical project report will document PM exposure by size distribution at the monitoring site and will be submitted to a scientific journal for review and publication. We will classify this exposure by train type (passenger, freight, coal). We will also generate an executive summary of our report that can be read and interpreted by the general public and decision makers. Both reports will be completed within 9 months of project start date We need to know what will be the likely air quality and human health impacts from trains in our region before making decisions on shipping coal by rail thru the region. Unfortunately none of the federal, state or local agencies are able to fund or support this work for political reasons. Yet it has to be done! Please help us collect this critical scientific data. Dan

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