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Officials Believe More Study Needed on Health Effects of Coal Trains

Both Multnomah County and Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility say coal dust is likely to affect community health, but urge more research

March 12, 2013 – The precautionary principle states that in the absence of scientific consensus that an action is harmful, it's the job of the government or other entity proposing such action to prove it won't cause harm.

Activists Push to Halt Coal Exports, Coal Burning

Local health, environmental and clean energy groups participate in a screening to hear about the struggles of activists in the Coal River Valley of West Virginia

November 8, 2012 -- The fight to keep coal trains from passing through Oregon on their way to ports overseas was put in a national context at a free screening of the documentary, The Last Mountain, at Portland's Bagdad Theater last week.

Activists Push for More Comprehensive Investigation on Health Impacts of Coal Trains

In addition to Multnomah County’s upcoming assessment, environmental and health groups are calling for an investigation of the regional impacts of coal dust

October 3, 2012 -- Activists from Oregon environmental groups, health organizations, Indian tribes and neighborhood associations have been questioning increased coal exports ever since they got word that energy companies were applying for permits with ports in the region. They asked the Oregon Health Authority to perform a comprehensive regional health impact assessment, as well as an environmental impact statement to research the effects of coal dust and diesel exhaust as trains and barges travel through the region.

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