SAN BERNARDINO (AP) — Southern California air quality regulators have announced a major study focusing on the San Bernardino rail yard, a national trade gateway that has also previously found to pose the greatest health risk of any rail yard in the state.

The two-year study announced Thursday will be funded by the South Coast Air Quality Management District and will cost an estimated $846,000. The study will include reporting on environmental health risks and well as surveys of respiratory diseases and health issues among children and adults. Researchers are hoping to determine if there is a higher asthma and fatal cancer rate in the surrounding community.

The study was prompted by a 2008 report by the California Air Resources Board that found the rail yard topped the state in terms of health risks to the community.

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