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What Coal Dust Means For Human Health

March 11, 2013 1:46 p.m.

With five coal export terminals proposed for the Northwest, residents are grappling with whether coal dust will impact human health.

New Research Provides Evidence Of Coal Dust Escaping From Trains

Nov. 5, 2013 2:41 p.m.

A University of Washington scientist tracked the dust from 450 trains, including about 10 percent carrying coal.

Coal Dust's Environmental Impacts

March 12, 2013 2:11 p.m.

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?

Business | Nation | Health

NPR Continues To Find Hundreds Of Cases Of Advanced Black Lung

July 1, 2017 5:25 p.m.

Black lung results from exposure to coal dust. PMF is an especially aggressive form of the disease blamed on inhalation of silica dust, which results from the cutting of quartz rock and coal together.

Environment | Energy

What More Coal Trains Mean To A Railway Engineer

Feb. 18, 2013 7 a.m.

Robert Hill conducts some of the coal trains that travel through the Northwest. To him, concerns about coal dust and noise from coal trains are overblown. He knows more coal will mean more jobs like his at BNSF Railway.

Environment | Communities

Multnomah County Begins Health Study On Coal Export Risks

Sept. 10, 2012 5 a.m.

One of the Portland area's top elected officials has ordered a study on the health impacts of coal dust and diesel emissions. The study comes as Portland, Seattle, and other Northwest cities consider the possibility of trains passing through, delivering tons of coal from Montana and Wyoming to be shipped across the Pacific.

Environment | local | Energy | Health

Multnomah County To Study Health Impacts Of Coal Exports

Sept. 10, 2012 2:20 p.m.

Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen has ordered county officials to study the health impacts that coal exports could have on area residents.

Environment | Communities

Multnomah County Health Department Releases Coal Train Report

March 1, 2013 8:06 p.m.

A new report in Oregon finds there's not enough industry data to say for sure what the health effects would be if trains begin to haul coal to export terminals in the Northwest.

Environment | Energy

Environmentalists Want To Stop Oregon Coal Export Plans

Jan. 27, 2012 9:39 p.m.

Environmentalists aren’t giving up on trying to stop a northwest Oregon port from being used to export coal. This week, the Port of St. Helens commission voted to lease property to two coal exporters. Environmentalists are continuing to discuss ways they may be able to stop the use of the port for exporting coal. To move forward, both companies must secure building permits, which environmentalists may challenge.

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First Of Its Kind Coal Dust Study Underway In The Northwest

Sept. 17, 2014 7:45 p.m.

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.


Roadside Monument, 15 Years And 2,700 Miles Later, Reunite A Lost Seattle

June 19, 2017 6:05 p.m.

A different strain of the '90s Seattle music scene packed into a basement to see the ballistic math-rock band get back together for just one night.


Mourning Stars Through Streams, Screens And Communities

Dec. 29, 2016 5:30 p.m.

In a year of stunning loss, music fans found new opportunities to create virtual communities, continuing conversations their departed icons started.


Hayden Pedigo's 'Greetings From Amarillo' Is A Desert-Swept Waltz In 12 Strings

March 29, 2017 5:38 p.m.

The opening title track from the young guitarist's new album blooms like a field of Texas bluebells swaying on the side of the highway.

Arts | Books

Simon Tolkien Draws On His Famous Grandfather's Experiences In 'No Man's Land'

Jan. 24, 2017 noon

Simon Tolkien's new novel was inspired by his grandfather J.R.R.'s time on the Somme — but in theme, tone and style, it owes more to Charles Dickens than to The Lord of the Rings.

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