Columbia Riverkeeper Stopping Illegal Pollution

Coal on the shore of the Columbia River near Dallesport, Washington

Columbia Riverkeeper e-news, April 16, 2013

Columbia Riverkeeper and allies are taking action to stop coal currently spilling into the Columbia River. They are enforcing the Clean Water Act, patrolling the Columbia, and utilizing citizen volunteers. Columbia Riverkeeper, Sierra Club, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, and North Sound Baykeeper joined together to enforce the law against illegal pollution. They sent a “60-day notice of intent to sue” to several coal companies and Burlington Northern Santa Fe for spilling coal into rivers and bays in Washington. The Clean Water Act prohibits discharging pollutants unless the state grants a pollution permit. Here, the coal shippers are spilling coal. A lot of coal.

Read the filing here…

See PHOTOS & VIDEOS, read how coal gets into the river, learn how many coal trains are currently in the Gorge and how the current coal export proposals affect coal pollution in the Gorge, and learn what’s next…

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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