Metra Says It Found No Pollution Danger in Cars
Byline: Ted Cox firstname.lastname@example.org
The first stage of Metra pollution testing in passenger cars turned up no evidence of dangerous diesel emissions, according to Chief Mechanical Officer Rich Soukup.
"All of the levels have come in well below OSHA standards," Soukup said, in making a presentation to the Metra board Friday in Chicago.
The testing, according to air-quality standards set by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, saw pollution levels drop 50 percent from the first car behind the locomotive to the second car, and halve again in the third car, at which point they leveled off for the rest of the train. Yet even in the first passenger car, Soukup said, "none of these levels is anywhere close to the OSHA levels."
The testing did detect spikes in levels of hard-carbon soot on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Line running out of Union Station to Naperville and Aurora, and Soukup allowed, "There is no established level for that at this point. …