Oregon DEQ: Coal Export is Bad for Our Air – Friends of the Columbia Gorge

Ambre Energy, an Australian coal company, wants to turn the beautiful Columbia River into a coal chute for the nation by building a coal export terminal in Boardman, Oregon and shipping millions of tons of coal each year down the river, more than doubling barge traffic on the Columbia River.  The proposed terminal would likely exceed air pollution limits and degrade air quality in the Columbia River Gorge.

The project would double barge traffic, causing a significant strain on our beloved river from increased diesel pollution, obstruction of river recreation (a vital component of the tourism economy of the Gorge), harming salmon and impeding the livelihood of tribal fishers.

An Australian coal company is not going to protect air quality in the Gorge – that’s why we have to.  The next important action on preventing coal exports out of the Port of Morrow is now.  Please tell Department of Environmental Quality to deny the Air Containment Discharge Permits and other state permits that will pave the way for dirty coal export.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) wants your comments on the proposed coal export terminal on the Columbia River in Boardman, Oregon. DEQ is accepting public comments on the proposal only until this Thursday, December 20. Please act now and make your voices heard.

Learn more, action link courtesy of Friends of the Columbia Gorge…

About coalfreegorge

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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