Health Matters

It has been stated in 60 days the communities of Presidio, Marfa and Alpine will see Mexican trucks passing through under a 12 month pilot program annouced by President Bush in February 2007. Public Citizen, a non-profit highway safety advocacy group has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Adminstation (FMCA) in October 2006, and has still yet to receive the requested documents. This is not a good start.

On Thursday, March 22, 2007, a Senate panel voted to delay the plan by requiring the Bush Administration to publish details about the pilot program and to allow public comment. Thanks to Sens. Byron Dorgan, Dianne Feinstein and Patty Murray for sponsoring the amendment.

Another concern amoung many regarding the increased truck traffic, is the quality of our air. Studies by the New England Journal of Medicine describes the health impacts of breathing fine particulte air polution.

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2 responses to “Health Matters

  1. Where are the environmental impact studies necessary (presumably) before approving a big project such as La Entrada al Pacifico ?? And what input has been given by the Park Services , given the air quality problems already apparent in Big Bend Nat’l Park ??

  2. Gary, welcome to the blog and thank you for your post. You raise a key issue, for all of us. There have been concerns that environmental impact studies will be done on segments of the La Entrada al Pacifico instead of an overall EIS. The segmented method will not accurately reflect the overall impact, and is disengenuous in my opinion. I will start a discussion on this topic, and maybe we can promote some changes.
    Also you make a good point of getting the BBNP superintendent involved. Refer to the BRAVO air study under LINKS on this page. Thanks again Gary for weighing in.

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