Playing Favorites: Discriminatory Regulation Hurts Washington Rail Industry

In the recent Washington Department of Ecology environmental review of the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals project in Longview, the state concluded that additional freight train traffic to the project could potentially pose a cancer risk to local communities as a result of diesel particulate matter.

This analysis is troubling for several reasons, all of which the Alliance outlined in great detail here and here when the final environmental review was release in April. Shortly after that document was released, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced a new passenger rail project in Seattle. The hang up? The locomotives going to Millennium and the ones to be used in Seattle have virtually identical emissions profiles. The only difference is the cargo.

The following infographic outlines the hypocrisy of the state picking rail winners and losers based on the commodity being transported.

See the infographic here.