A clear picture of noise impacts can only be obtained if the frequencies of noises generated; duration of noises; how often the noise occurs and over what time frame are those repetitions are determined. Mitigation and abatement practices that will be taken are defined and evaluated. Follow-up, monitoring and management practices, including financing and responsible roles/time frames should additional mitigation be required should be defined.

Answers could be derived from both modeled and measured data. WHO has determined that 30 dBA is sufficient to wake people at night.

Because of the health impacts that will be a direct result of the Fraser Surrey Docks terminal, we respectfully request that the EIA include a Health Impact Assessment that addresses the following questions:

1. How loud are train engines? Squeaking wheels? Whistle blasts? How loud it this 50 meters, 100 meters, 200 meters, up to 5 kilometers from the tracks? We request this data to be shown in an easy-to-understand format, including maps with “sound contours” (noise isopleths).

2. How much vibration does a coal train produce? How intense is this at 50 meters, 100 meters, 200 meters, up to 5 kilometers from the tracks?

3. How many people live within 50 meters, 100 meters, 200 meters, 500 meters, 1000 meters, 2 kilometers and 3 kilometers along the entire route from the border to Fraser Surrey Docks?

4. How much noise and/or vibration wakes an average person? A light sleeper?

5. How much noise or vibration distracts a working person? A concentrating student?

6. For each train along the entire route, how many crossings are there? How many whistle blasts per crossing? How many whistle blasts in total for a single train traveling from the border crossing to Fraser Surrey Docks? How many whistle blasts per day in all? How many of these are at night during sleeping hours (8 PM to 8 AM)?

7. For each train, including engine noise, vibration, squealing wheels, and whistle blasts, how many people will be awakened, based on current and projected populations? How many children? How many adults? How many elderly? All calculations must include projected populations as well, since the terminal has an operating span of 50 years.

8. How many times per night will a person be awakened, from noise or vibration, who lives various distances from the tracks (including distances: 50 meters, 100 meters, 200 meters, 500 meters, 1 kilometer, 2 kilometers and 5 kilometers) in all areas and communities along the route?

9. How many awakenings per night, including all people along the entire route up to 5 kilometers away from tracks, including all trains, based on current and projected populations and further port expansions for all ports within PMV?

10. Considering the noise and vibration, multiple awakenings and resultant fatigue, how many people may potentially have increased blood pressure, or elevated stress hormones, including current and projected populations?

11. What is the total economic cost of increased blood pressure, elevated stress hormones?

12. Considering the noise and vibration, multiple awakenings and resultant fatigue, how many arrythmias, or heart attacks could potentially result from the increased noise, including current and projected populations? What is the total economic cost of the arrythmias, or heart attacks?

13. Considering the noise and vibration, multiple awakenings and resultant fatigue, how many strokes could potentially result from the increased noise, including current and projected populations? What is the total economic cost of the strokes?

14. Considering the noise and vibration, multiple awakenings and resultant fatigue, how much increased mental disease may result from associated stress, including but not limited to: depression, mental instability, neurosis, hysteria, and psychosis, including current and projected populations? What is the potential economic cost of the increased mental disease?

15. What is the potential impact of noise, vibration, multiple awakenings, and fatigue on childhood learning? On childhood test scores? What is the total economic cost of the learning impairment?

16. What is the potential impact of noise, vibration, multiple awakenings, and fatigue on workplace performance and safety? What is the total economic cost of the impaired workplace performance and safety?

17. How many increased traffic accidents may result from fatigue- associated sleep disturbance, including current and projected populations? What is the total economic cost of the accidents? Cost in terms of human morbidity?

18. Who pays for the economic costs of the impacts listed above?

19. Medical research comes forth at an intense pace. When new health impacts of noise are inevitably identified or quantified, how can the public be assured that their health will be weighed in the balance of ongoing risks/benefits of FSD operations?

 

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