SF Baykeeper, an environmental nonprofit, is looking for photo evidence of coal pollution in your neighborhood. In Oakland, that would primarily be areas in West Oakland along the train tracks, as well the corridor running from Jack London Square to the Coliseum in East Oakland.
Why are they seeking photos?
The organization along with other environmental and health organizations, is petitioning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate open top coal trains, which can blow coal dust into local neighborhoods and waterways.
“Exposure to coal dust from the trains can increase the risk of bronchitis, asthma, heart disease, and other serious health issues. Coal dust and particles can also contaminate drinking water and aquatic life, threatening public health and the livelihood of fishing communities,” the statement reads.
The organization is looking for photos of trains with open tops carrying coal, or other photo evidence of coal dust and pollution. “Many local residents have already reported coal dust pollution on their windowsills, in schoolyard playgrounds, and other places,” according to the organization.
If you’d like to submit photos of open railway cars carrying coal, or evidence of coal pollution in your neighborhood, fill out the form on SF Baykeeper’s website.