Establish monitoring station
I live in Interbay, where multiple railroad track bisect the area between Magnolia and Queen Anne. Downtown Ballard is directly north. These centers have become very densely populated in the past few years under several city administrations [“Coal trains fire up UW chemist,” NWWednesday, May 8].
BNSF Railway has a repair and refueling station in the heart of this area. During any given 24-hour period, huge amounts of visible smoke are emitted from the diesel engines many times. Depending on the speed and direction of the wind, the smoke spreads and settles repeatedly every day in this heavily populated region.
I would encourage professor Dan Jaffe to place a monitoring station nearby. If coal trains are approved, this daily activity will only increase, affecting huge numbers of Seattle residents directly.
Shauna Bellamy, Seattle