Powder River Basin

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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