Freight Expansion Effects Local Pollution Levels

A plan to bulldoze the northeast corner of Englewood, in order to expand the freight yards has recently gained progress do to backing from Mayor Rahm Emanuel. This expansion is seen as necessary do to a large percentage of freight delays in Chicago coming from this neighborhood, but a recent article in the Chicago Tribune claims it could effect the local pollution levels and even poise a lung hazard.

The Environmental Protection Agency releases hourly data of pollution levels

The Environmental Protection Agency releases hourly data of pollution levels

This freight initiative has received much backlash from locals and environmental agencies, such as the Environmental Law and Policy Center. This agency is desperately trying to spread information they have collected from the Environmental Protection Agency that predicts that the pollution and soot levels in the Englewood area, would not only increase, but increase well past healthy levels.

The EPA provides national pollution levels every hour (see image), which the Environmental Law and Policy Center is predicting will be in the hazardous levels if this infrastructure is to be built. They are proposing a new technologies being used on diesel locomotives. It is a retrofit filtration device for the locomotives themselves, that is  predicted to significantly reduce the pollution levels if properly maintained.

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