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arbcombo -- 2010 Commitments for Four High-Priority Railyards Ė New ARB Report Posted: 05 Jul 2011 10:34:23
The Air Resources Board (ARB) staff has prepared a Supplement to the June 2010 Staff Report on Proposed Actions to Further Reduce Diesel Particulate Matter at High-Priority California Railyards. This report includes updated emissions and health risk estimates and a California Environmental Quality Act Functional Equivalent Document (FED). The FED evaluates the potential environmental impacts of the proposed project, which is approval and implementation of the Revised 2010 Commitments between ARB and Union Pacific (UP) Railroad and BNSF Railway (BNSF). The supplement presents revised estimates of diesel particulate (PM) emissions and health risk at four railyards (BNSF San Bernardino, BNSF Hobart, UP Commerce and UP ICTF/Dolores). The report quantifies the significant reduction in diesel PM emissions and health risk at each railyard between 2005 and 2010. The Revised 2010 Commitments are an agreement to reduce diesel PM emissions at the four railyards in Southern California by 85 percent by 2020, as compared to 2005 levels. The FED identifies three topics with potentially significant impacts: light, noise, and transportation/traffic. Although the execution and implementation of the Revised 2010 Commitments do not directly and adversely affect the physical environment, ARB has determined that operational changes that may be undertaken by the railroads to meet the emission reduction targets or reduce health risk have the potential to result in changes to the physical environment in the vicinity of the railyards. The public review and comment period for the FED is July 5, 2011 through August 19, 2011. For more detailed information on how to submit comments see the Notice at the website listed below. Copies of the supplement (including the FED) may be obtained from ARBís Public Information Office, 1001 I St., 1st Floor, Environmental Services Center, Sacramento, California 95814 or at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/railyard/commitments/commitments.htm If you have questions on the 2010 Commitments or CEQA FED, please contact Harold Holmes, Manager, Rail Strategies Section, at (916) 324-8029 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Diesel exhaust contains a variety of harmful gases and more than 40 other known cancer-causing compounds. In 1998, California identified diesel particulate matter as a toxic air contaminant based on its potential to cause cancer, premature death, and other significant health problems. You are receiving this single arbcombo email because you are a subscriber to or have made a public comment to one or more of the following lists: ej, loco, railyard.