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The flow of information went wider, revealing that Paris has outlawed diesel emitting vehicles and the UK is following this trend.

It must be also understood that diesel is also outlawed in Philadelphia in the US.  This action commenced in the 1990s and health warnings on the effects of particles on living species (humans, animals, vegetation etc.) revealed a link to the rise in lung cancer, as the particles lodge in the lungs.

The hazards of particles reveals that they are not only locally situated but they travel far and wide.

While a relief to traffic congestion in Byron is welcome by the mooted diesel train to run from Sunrise to the Byron township, it  does seem apparent that  deep moral and ethical questions stand out.

Has a study been done on the emission of particles and their consequent effects on health? Is it worth taking the risk without the guarantee?

With other countries exercising extreme caution re diesel fumes, it could be argued that, at this stage, that it’s negligent to proceed without guarantees.

The train does save the line from being torn up and that is worthy but it seems what ‘gifts’ are offered with one hand could well be taken with the other, should diesel health dangers be revealed.

Who was it that invented the maxim ‘proceed with caution’.

Jo Faith, Newtown


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