Border crossing could be deadly.
Posted in the El Paso Forum
#1 Feb 1, 2013
[" El Paso Times EL PASO, Texas —
A UTEP professor found people living near our border crossing could be breathing toxic air.
According to our media partners the El Paso Times, the toxic air could be potentially dangerous to people especially during peak traffic hours.
The study was done near the Americas bridge in South Central El Paso where the results were formed.
The study is concerning for the UTEP professor since many homes and schools like Bowie High School are near the bridge of Americas.
It suggests that border agents and students who attend schools near the port of entries are at risk for breathing the contaminated air. The toxic air, known as ultra fine particles or UFP's, are nano-particles that can't be filtered by our lungs. The nano-particles could eventually end up in the bloodstream and the organs.
The World Health Organization and the environmental protection agency say diesel emissions could cause cancer
Currently, the U.S. government doesn't regulate these harmful particles.
In 2009 more than 4 million cars including diesel trucks crossed the bridge of Americas when the study was done.
Just a few days ago the Ysleta Independent School District opposed the building of a new bridge near the Ysleta Pre-K because of air pollution concerns.
The study says you can avoid breathing this harmful air by keeping your windows closed and avoiding the border crossings during the early morning or late evening."]
And the news media is just stating the obvious. The air at the bridges have always been contaminated. Anyone waiting to cross or working at the bridges have known that for years. That is why the Customs and Border Patrol ICE agents rotate working the traffic lanes every other hour. It is only during the night time hours that here is some relief as the volume of cars drop and no commercial traffic after 8 pm to 6 am.
I wonder if they also checked to see if the people crossing from Mexico also emitted methane and sulfur smell of onions?
#2 Feb 1, 2013
We're still waiting for you to post something interesting. Any chance that ever happens?
#3 Feb 1, 2013
#4 Feb 1, 2013
Russell used to cut out paper dolls until he learned to cut and paste news articles. He still has his crayolas, however.
#5 Feb 2, 2013
Since crossing the border at teh bridges and living around them are not so good for the people of lesser means then lets also make sure they can't illegally cross the border by putting Punji sticks, which were sharpened bamboo branches that were used by the Viet Cong, all along the Rio Grande and smear them with human feces so when the illegals step or fall on them they automatically get an infection.
#6 Feb 2, 2013
Great idea! I'll be over to your place tonight to take a dump and you can use that on your branches. I had a heavy bean lunch so I will definitely be able to drop a heavy load.
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