Our mentors, role models, and friends in California were hard at work Monday, touring Long Beach with a P-TRAK ultrafine particulate monitor.
This is the same monitor our Kansas City Diesel Health Project team members will begin using in December to monitor air pollution near the BNSF rail yards in and near Argentine, Edgerton, and Gardner, Kansas.
We are recently began monitoring with fixed monitors provided by Global Community Monitor, and are awaiting our first lab reports. Use of P-TRAK handheld monitors will allow us to target ‘hot spots’ of particular concern, and get immediate feedback..
Toxic Tour participants found alarming PM levels in Long Beach, as much as ten times the levels deemed ‘safe’.
I doubt we find such high levels around the BNSF rail yards in our communities, though when BNSF reaches their projected 1.5 million container lifts per year in Edgerton – generating tens of thousands of new diesel truck trips per year, I fear we will.
The difference between Southern California and KC metro areas? We will be able to begin to monitor pollution levels before Kansas City becomes “one of the largest (inland ports) in the world“, and raise the alarm before health effects become as bad as West Long Beach, where almost 30 percent of households include someone with asthma.
Thank you Andrea Hricko, Angelo Logan, Gisele Fong, and the other wonderful folks at the Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, and EndOil /Communities for Clean Ports, and other MFN organizations for leading the way!
And thank you Brian Addison for your excellent article, posted below.