The Oregonian, September 19, 2012
By Scott Learn
Portland’s City Council voted 3-0 Wednesday to oppose coal trains running through town until the Army Corps of Engineers fully evaluates the impacts of exporting coal to Asia through the Northwest.
“I oppose exporting the coal problem to other parts of the world,” said Mayor Sam Adams. Commissioners Randy Leonard and Dan Saltzman were absent.
The resolution, introduced by Commissioner Amanda Fritz, also calls for a health impact assessment “by any state, regional or federal agency.”
Union leaders, business representatives and a spokesman for Union Pacific, which runs key rail lines through the city, asked the council to reject the resolution.