This Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement (Tier 1 Final EIS) evaluates
a variety of resources at a broad level of detail, consistent with what was done
for the Tier 1 Draft EIS (see Volume 2, Chapter 2). As such, the Federal Railroad
Administration (FRA) qualitatively evaluated potential public health - related effects
that could result from the degradation of the environment that would cause a risk
to the health of the public.
Similar to the analysis presented for the Action Alternatives in the Tier 1 Draft
EIS, implementation of the Preferred Alternative could result in public health effects.
The following effects were identified by the FRA as having the greatest potential
risk to public health:
Degradation of water quality, including public drinking supplies
Disturbance of hazardous waste and contaminated materials
Increased or prolonged exposure to noise and vibration
Temporary construction related effects on air quality, such as fugitive
dust emissions and operation of construction equipment and disruption in traffic
No changes were made to the qualitative discussion of this chapter between the
publishing of the Tier 1 Draft and Tier 1 Final EISs. Please refer to Volume 2,
Chapter 7.19, for the summary of public health effects.