Editorial: Coal trains, terminals need comprehensive environmental reviews

The Seattle Times, October 3, 2012
By Seattle Times Editorial

The Army Corps of Engineers should provide area-wide environmental reviews of coal-export facilities that impact lives in four states.

None of the five active plans to ship coal from the Powder River Basin to China via proposed coal ports in Washington and Oregon exists in isolation.

That is why the Army Corps of Engineers must initiate expansive reviews of the environmental, health and transportation issues related to moving millions of tons of coal by dozens of trains each day.

Communities from Spokane to Washougal and Edmonds would be impacted daily by the coal bound for China out of Cherry Point, north of Bellingham.

Other massive terminals are proposed for Longview, and Port Westward, Coos Bay and the Port of Morrow in Oregon.

The Army Corps needs to commit to broad, area-wide analysis of the proposals and how they are intertwined. Comprehensive environmental-impact statements are the device to employ.

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Coal is rearing its head again the Columbia Gorge. The new threat comes in the form of proposals to export coal from Wyoming to coal-fired power plants in China. The coal would be transported via uncovered rail cars through the Columbia Gorge. Many Columbia Gorge Communities in Oregon and Washington support a coal-free world, beginning at home, in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, recognizing the importance of people determining what materials are allowable for transport through their communities and watersheds. This blog exists to communicate and advocate for the public interest in issues pertaining to coal transport in the Columbia River Gorge, providing an online outlet for honest discussion and information. To inform and unite local citizens about the damaging effects of coal transport through our communities. To endorse positive and considerate dialogue with the aim of mutual understanding among diverse parties. CLEAN AIR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES NO COAL EXPORTS STOP COAL IN ITS TRACKS
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