Columbia Riverkeeper Takes Big Coal to Court

Columbia Riverkeeper, June 5, 2015

Columbia Riverkeeper and allies filed a lawsuit today to stop toxic coal discharges from trains into Northwest waterways.

They took to the water this winter to investigate how much coal pollutes the river. Riverkeeper and allies documented significant amounts of coal pollution along the tracks and in the water.

They are holding Big Coal and the rail company Burlington Northern Santa Fe accountable for the illegal discharge of coal from trains traveling through the Columbia River Gorge and beyond.

Coal is toxic. It contains heavy metals that pollute our water and harm aquatic life. Coal trains can lose 500 pounds of coal from each car, according to Burlington Northern’s own calculations.

Visit the Columbia Riverkeeper website to read FAQs about illegal coal pollution, view photo galleries of coal contaminating the Columbia River and download the legal filing for this monumental Clean Water Act lawsuit.

The Clean Water Act is a powerful tool that allows citizens to stop illegal pollution. The lawsuit filed today by Riverkeeper, Sierra Club, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, North Sound Baykeeper (RE Sources for Sustainable Communities), Spokane Riverkeeper, and NRDC against Big Coal and Burlington Northern is a step towards curbing the amount of toxic contaminants currently entering our rivers, our communities, and our lungs.

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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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