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February 2012
Added February 27, 2012
Elkridge residents want CSX rail transfer facility ruled out Elkridge residents are turning to lawmakers from Howard County for help fighting the potential placement of a CSX rail transfer facility in their community, arguing that lower costs should not be the only factor considered. The site in Elkridge is the cheapest of four potential locations, and the only one estimated to stay within the original $150 million cost estimate — which CSX and the state had agreed to split equally. Baltimore Sun. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/bs-ho-delegation-hearing-20120207,0,7749466.story
Eastern ports scramble to prepare for new Panama Canal era All along the Eastern seaboard, hopes for a new maritime-based economic boom are high. Less than three years from now, the Panama Canal is scheduled to open up a new channel that will accommodate ships carrying double the cargo of those that can currently fit through the canal. Bigger ships, the thinking goes, mean bigger business for the nation’s Atlantic ports. Dallas News. http://www.dallasnews.com/business/headlines/20120211-eastern-ports-scramble-to-prepare-for-new-panama-canal-era.ece
Diesel report’s publication delayed as industry demands to see documents first Publication of a landmark government study probing whether diesel engine exhaust causes lung cancer in miners — already 20 years in the making — has been delayed by industry and congressional insistence on seeing study data and documents before the public does. Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/diesel-reports-publication-delayed-as-industry-demands-to-see-documents-first/2012/02/01/gIQA5wrFtQ_story.html?wpisrc=emailtoafriend
Los Angeles neighborhood bears the brunt of air pollution As summer temperatures rise, so do fears of asthma and other illnesses caused by all the air pollution converging on the east Los Angeles community of Boyle Heights. With its proximity to freeways, industrial sites and shipping corridors, activists say the geography of Boyle Heights brings a disproportionate health burden to residents. Newsdesk.org. http://newsdesk.org/2011/08/historic-los-angeles-neighborhood-continues-to-bear-the-brunt-of-air-pollution/
Air Pollution Tied to Stroke, Cognitive Slide Airborne pollution can have serious consequences for the brain and the heart even at typical levels of exposure, according to the results of two studies published in the Feb. 13 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. MedPage Today. http://www.medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/Strokes/31158
Added Feb 10, 2012
OSHA Orders Railroad Co. to Reinstate, Pay $300,000 to Whistleblower The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered Nebraska-based Union Pacific Railroad Co. to immediately reinstate an employee in Idaho who was terminated after reporting a work-related injury. OSHA also has ordered the company to pay the employee more than $300,000 in back wages, compensatory damages, attorney’s fees, and punitive damages. Brentwood, TN. BLR—Business and Legal Resources.
The Race To Dig Deeper Ports For Bigger Cargo Ships In 2014, when expansion of the Panama Canal is complete, a new generation of superlarge cargo ships will begin calling on the East Coast. Cities like New York; Savannah, Ga.; and Miami are vying for the new business, as they race to deepen their ports and expand their facilities to accommodate the new ships. But some of the cities are running into significant challenges. In Miami, where plans are under way to deepen the port to 50 feet, dredging is a hot topic. Some see it as a great business opportunity. To others, it's a threat to the environment. Washington, DC. NPR.
Public weighs in on impacts of Walmart expansionMajority of speakers against allowing store to grow There was no vote taken but plenty more public comment given about the proposed expansion of Walmart during Wednesday's meeting of the Ukiah Planning Commission. "Walmart culture is not Ukiah culture; our people deserve better," said Eric Wright, 16, who has spoken against the project at previous meetings. The majority of other speakers who were not Walmart employees also opposed the expansion, saying they were concerned about the project causing increased traffic, pollution and calls for police service, as well as the closure of other stores. Ukiah, CA. Ukiah Daily Journal.
Federal funds needed for vital Inland Empire freight projects Most Americans benefit from efficient, reliable international and interstate freight transport because it provides convenient, affordable access to goods produced elsewhere and the ability to market local goods more widely. A smaller, but significant, number of Americans benefit from good jobs in the logistics industry. However, the congestion, road damage, air pollution, and safety concerns caused by today’s system of freight transport disproportionately impact those who live and work near the nation’s main freight corridors, often without any offsetting differential benefit. Fontana, CA. Herald News.
Commerce City Residents Plead For Relief From Train Horns They say they’re rattled out of bed every night by train horns. And while other intersections have gone quiet, the train horns continue to blow near their homes. “At 2 o’clock in the morning, at 3 o’clock in the morning, at 4 o’clock in the morning, I mean it’s all the time,” said Tammy Anshutz, a resident who lives near the intersection at 96th and Highway 2 in Commerce. Denver, CO. CBS.
Added February 5, 2012

Opposition Builds Over Port of L.A.'s Rail Yard Analysis Strong opposition continues to mount over an impact analysis done by the Port of Los Angeles on a controversial project sought by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co.Plans call for a new rail yard facility on a 153-acre site in Wilmington, bordering West Long Beach, to increase capacity and efficiency by hauling cargo closer to port docks. Long Beach, California. Long Beach Business Journal. http://lbbusinessjournal.com/long-beach-business-journal-newswatch/83-january-31st/326--opposition-builds-over-port-of-las-rail-yard-analysis.html

USA: Groups Sue Corps Over Savannah River Dredging Project The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to obtain a South Carolina pollution control permit for its controversial project to deepen the Savannah River, according to a lawsuit filed in state court by the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of Georgia and South Carolina conservation groups. DredgingToday.com http://www.dredgingtoday.com/2012/02/05/usa-groups-sue-corps-over-savannah-river-dredging-project/

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