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.