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Washington Governor Chris Gregoire puts one long running environmental controversy to bed Friday. She’ll travel to Centralia to sign into law a phase out of coal-fired electricity generation in the state. But meanwhile, another coal controversy is heating up in another part of Washington.
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.
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.
Portland City Council has voted to join other regional cities that oppose coal-export trains rolling through the region. A hearing before the vote was well attended by a core group of Portland and Columbia Gorge residents who've been active in their opposition to coal-export expansions.
Portland is exploring its power to regulate the coal industry as the business looks to expand in the Northwest. If the city council passes a resolution currently under consideration, it would join the ranks of at least twenty local governments that have passed similar resolutions.
local | News | EnvironmentNov. 24, 2015 1:45 a.m.
A study from the University of Washington shows coal trains polluted into the Columbia River Gorge twice as much as diesel freight trains.
The city of Portland has no power to restrict coal exports moving along railroad lines. The rail companies have their own right-of-way. But if Portland passes a proposed resolution, it would join the ranks of at least 20 local governments that have passed similar resolutions.
The Columbia River town of Camas, Wash. is succeeding at building a reputation as a tourist destination. But some residents worry their community could develop a new reputation: as a pass-through town for noisy, dusty coal trains.
Vanessa Renwick's new video installation, "Next-Level F---ed Up," mashes up the absurd and the awful, but ends upbeat.