UW Bothell Expert to Release Findings on Air Quality Impacts

UW Bothell Expert to Release Preliminary Findings on Air Quality Impacts Related to Diesel and Coal Trains in Washington State

October 21, 2013
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Bothell, WA – Dan Jaffe, Ph.D., Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistry in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Washington Bothell, has taken on one of the most contentious environmental issues in the state of Washington’s recent history.

Several projects have been proposed to substantially increase rail shipments of coal through the Puget Sound region and the state. Because it was unclear how current train traffic impacts air quality and impossible to accurately assess future impacts from the proposals, Jaffe initiated research to examine the air quality implications of rail traffic in the region. In just eleven days, Jaffe’s project was fully funded using the crowd funding site microryza.com. With a team of dedicated UW Bothell and UW Seattle undergraduates, Jaffe spent the last several months doing the only research study on this issue by measuring the amount of diesel exhaust and coal dust that escapes from more than 500 trains in the region.

Jaffe will present his preliminary findings to the public.

Dan Jaffe Poster

Potential Impact of Coal Trains on Air Quality

Monday, November 4, 2013
6:30 p.m. Media Briefing
   Information embargoed until 8:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. Community Briefing
   (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
8:00 p.m. Q & A

University of Washington Bothell
Mobius Hall
18115 Campus Way NE
Bothell, WA 98011

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