The LLU School of Public Health teamed with a local environmental justice community organization and the City of San Bernardino for a research project ultimately aimed at cleaner air for the thousands of residents living near the BNSF San Bernardino rail yard. Out of California’s 18 rail yards, the BNSF San Bernardino rail yard is deemed to present the most public health risk by the California Air Resources Board.
With funding from the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the LLU School of Public Health partnered with community members and city officials to gather data on the health status of the several thousand people living closest to the bustling facility. Epidemiologic studies have indicated a range of health risks associated with living near heavy vehicular traffic. However, no actual data exists on the adverse health effects experienced by people living near goods-movement facilities such as the BNSF San Bernardino rail yard.