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.
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.