Subject: Health Risk Assessment of 710
Date: Aug 29, 2012 1:15 PM
Attachments: 2012 Pasadena Altadena Quality of Life Index.pdf
Kind of hard to swallow (no pun intended!) when you read this, and realize just how bad the environment may become here.
Mayor Bogaard pointed out that the PHD was one of only three City sponsored public health departments in California, was highly complimentary of the department's many accomplishments over the years and pointed out that the City was going to take more into account the impact upon public health when considering actions the City might take.
You will note that on p.26 of the Quality of Life Index it is reported that:
Some of the worst contributors to air pollution are fuel emissions from cars, trucks, trains, buses, and stationary sources such as refineries and factories. At the Port of Los Angeles for example, many of the engines that support ships, trucks, trains, and cargo equipment at the port are fueled by diesel, and consequently pollute the air with diesel exhaust. Research has shown that diesel exhaust is responsible for an estimated 70% of cancer risk due to air pollution, and is further associated with asthma. Low-income and minority residents tend to be disproportionately affected by poor air quality, as many live along rail corridors, freeways, factories, and refineries where air quality is at its worst. And though effects are greatest near the ports, the pollution emitted can be measured throughout the Los Angeles County Basin and beyond.
This awareness on the part of the PHD is most encouraging.
At the conclusion of the celebration I introduced myself to Dr. Walsh with whom I have recently exchanged emails about the hope of Pasadena residents that his department might be tasked by City Council to assess the risks that could come to Pasadena residents in the event that any 710 extension routes might be built out within the limits of Pasadena. Upon introducing myself, I reminded Dr. Walsh of our exchange about possible 710 extensions, and he readily offered that "we've got you on that" and said his department was simply waiting to see if a Pasadena route would be among those to be included in the Caltrans/Metro final list of route candidates.
As public health risk assessment is included in the mandate of the PHD, I remain hopeful that the City - should a Pasadena route be among the finalist - will task the PHD to conduct or cause to be conducted a comprehensive and objective consideration of the public health hazards that would come to Pasadena both during the construction and after the completion of any 710 extension route within the limits of our City. I am encouraged by Dr. Walsh's dedication to the PHD objectives.