Milwaukie City Council passes resolution against coal trains

The Oregonian, October 16, 2012
By Victoria Edwards

The Milwaukie City Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday opposing coal trains through the city and calling for a review of the health and environmental impacts of exporting coal from Northwest ports.

A coal train in Wyoming’s section of the Powder River Basin.
Photo by Scott Learn, The Oregonian

The resolution’s passage was met with a standing ovation from the audience who packed the council chambers and spilled over into an adjacent room. Nearly 20 people spoke in front of the council, the overwhelming majority of them supporting the resolution. Just two people — Greg Peden of the Alliance for Northwest Jobs and Brock Nelson, a spokesman for Union Pacific Railroad — said they opposed it.

The resolution calls the coal trains that could run through the city incompatible with the its efforts to improve air quality and public health, and addresses concerns of coal dust, potential derailments, and environmental and traffic impacts.

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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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