Parents in McCalla worried about proposed train hub

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Parents at one Jefferson County school are worried about a train hub on it's way to McCalla. Members of the McAdory PTA signed a resolution in opposition to the project on Monday. PTA president Pat Breden read the proposal in front of about 40 parents.  "Whereas research has proven children are especially vulnerable to environmental risks and toxiants, " Breden read, "be it resolved that McaAdory Elementary PTA requests that Norfolk Southern realizing the dangers to children, relocate the proposed McCalla, Alabama intermodal terminal site and set an example by making the safety of children a priority." The terminal would be used for loading cargo as part of the Crescent Corridor. That's an expansion project the  company is undergoing that would stretch from New Orleans up the eastern coast. But with the facility less than 250 feet from the school, parents, teachers and members of the community are concerned about health risks, especially to children. "We are not opposed to progress," Breden says. "We are opposed to it being right there and we want it moved elsewhere." Breden says the PTA will officially present the resolution to Norfolk Southern officials soon.  "We're not going quietly," she stressed.  "We're just getting started."