Diesel Health Project and regional clean air coalition news

June 16, 2015

  • The Diesel Health project is a finalist for an EPA environmental justice small grant, which I believe will be awarded in July or August.  The grant will allow us to work with more neighborhoods in Kansas City, Kansas, and advance the development of a regional clean air organization for the KC area.
  • We and the Argentine/Turner Good Neighbor Argentine Committee, led by Leticia DeCaigny, met with BNSF rail road personnel last week.  We asked for specific actions to reduce the diesel exhaust pollution they are emitting into surrounding neighborhoods.   Our #1 request was to enclose the locomotives they are load testing in a building with emissions treatment.  EPA personnel attended as a technical resource. This was our second meeting with BNSF.
  • Global Community Monitor, which provides air quality monitors, training, consulting and other support services to the Diesel Health Project, will release their final report on our air quality monitoring results on June 24.  Stay tuned for more information on an event that day!
  • I, Leticia DeCaigny, KU environmental studies professors and others met with EPA last week to discuss community research possibilities. EPA brought one of their lead scientists from NC for this and the BNSF meeting.  This was our third meeting, and we are making good progress.
  • We are shooting video footage for a DHP/clean air coalition video.  We conducted a few on-camera interviews last week, and will shoot more soon.
  • We have a great group of interns who are beginning to provide good support.
  • Our working name for the regional clean air coalition is MoKan Clean Air Coalition, but it isn’t a popular idea for a permanent name.   Question – what do you think of MoKan Air?

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