Residents Voice Health Concerns Over Locomotive Exhaust
Residents in the Hunters Bay area of Huntsville are concerned about Diesel locomotives idling 24hrs a day at the switchyard by the train station. The area seems to be enveloped in a blue haze, and residents are complaining about the foul odour.
They are concerned that the fumes are so overpowering at times, they may cause headaches and breathing issues.
One nearby resident says that just one locomotive burns over 16,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year in idling alone. This translates to over 3 tons of nitrous oxide (smog-producing pollutant), 200 pounds of diesel fine particulate matter, and 180 tons of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas pollutant.
Short-term exposure can irritate your eyes, nose, throat and lungs; it can cause coughs, bronchitis, headaches, lightheadedness and nausea. Lengthy exposure to diesel exhaust may increase your risk of developing asthma, a variety of lung diseases, heart disease, as well as brain and immune system issues.
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