Saturday, January 28, 2012

Elysian Valley & Cypress Park: Might Have Cleaner Air by 2015*

Photo: Diane Edwardson, January 25, 2012, 8:05 AM.  That's not fog hanging over Elysian Valley & Cypress Park. Wednesday was a bone-dry morning.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Around 150 community members attended Wednesday's community meeting where Metrolink responded to the community outcry over round-the-clock noise & air pollution. 

Elysian Valley Riverside Neighborhood Councilmember Cecilia Dominguez explained just how serious the health risks are for neighbors of the Metrolink Central Maintenance Facility, 1555 San Fernando Rd in Cypress Park. 

Dominguez drove home her point with her primary reason for getting involved.  She held up the long-distance cycling medals her husband used to win, then displayed what he wears around his neck now, a portable oxygen device. 

*Susan Blake Grant, principal of Dorris Place Elementary School said of all the schools she's worked at, Dorris Place has the most kids with asthma.  Blake advocated for a Health Risk Assessment. 

John Fenton, Metrolink CEO, claims to be upgrading 30 locomotives  to Tier 4, the cleanest burning diesel engines available today, by the end of 2014.  His estimate was more than $4 million per locomotive, meaning a commitment of more than $120 million.  (Yeah, we'll see if that happens.)

Due to an emergency, I was unable to attend Wednesday night's community meeting.  This report was pieced together from Elysian Valley residents' reports.