Residents near BNSF rail yard voice pollution concerns

For decades, the BNSF rail yard in Kansas City, Kan., has been a driving force for the economically challenged community around it, employing more than 2,000 people. But now people who live near the facility are beginning to express concern that pollution the trains produce is adversely affecting their health.

For more than a year, residents have been monitoring the air quality just outside the rail yard, using portable sampling devices to collect particles of diesel exhaust increasingly linked to an array of health issues, including lung disease and cancer.

Residents say they have accumulated strong evidence the trains produce levels of pollution high enough to bring about risk of death or hospitalization, and they’re asking BNSF to address the issue.

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