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