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If trains and barges transport coal from Montana and Wyoming to proposed export terminals in the Northwest, what will the impact of the coal dust be?
With five coal export terminals proposed for the Northwest, residents are grappling with whether coal dust will impact human health.
A University of Washington scientist tracked the dust from 450 trains, including about 10 percent carrying coal.
Here’s your guide to coal in the Northwest: The latest on where the terminals are proposed and how increased train traffic may affect communities along way.
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EarthFix reporter Ashley Ahearn reports on a coal dust study scientists have begun in the Northwest to determine what affect coal by rail might have on the environment.