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Diesel Exhaust and Chicago Union Station – Part 2 – Initial Air Quality Testing Results

Posted on July 25th, 2018 by Andrew L. Hughes

In January of 2010, the Chicago Reporter first reported that commuters who ride passenger trains in Chicago are exposed to “really extreme levels” of cancer-causing diesel exhaust. Testing performed in 2009 by the Clean Air Task Force and commissioned by […]

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Chicago Union Station – The Diesel Exhaust Problem

Posted on July 23rd, 2018 by Andrew L. Hughes

Diesel exhaust is a known carcinogen.  Every day, over 100,000 people come and go from Chicago Union Station.  And every day, those passengers and all the railroad workers who serve them are exposed to “huge levels” of diesel exhaust.  Here […]

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Chicago – The Nation’s Freight Handler

Posted on June 18th, 2018 by Andrew L. Hughes

In 1914, the poet Carl Sandburg published his great poem, “Chicago”, which included the following: Hog Butcher for the World, Tool maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler; Stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big […]

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Diesel Injury & Bladder Cancer

Posted on March 25th, 2018 by Andrew L. Hughes

It was an important moment in 2012 when the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer declared that diesel fumes are “carcinogenic to humans.” For workers everywhere, this finding confirmed that their long-term exposures to diesel exhaust likely […]

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Railroad Workers & Asbestos

Posted on March 7th, 2018 by Andrew L. Hughes

Asbestos was identified as a toxin by the Association of American Railroads in 1937. By 1958, railroads knew asbestos caused cancer. After 1960, it was medically accepted that asbestos definitely causes mesothelioma. Despite that, locomotive and parts manufacturers didn’t stop […]

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