Oregon's Department of State Lands carefully considered and denied a proposal to move huge amounts of coal from Montana and Wyoming to Asia. As a group of health care providers and public health advocates, we understand the significant risks to human health posed by massive coal shipments on our rivers and through our communities.
While there are currently no new proposals pending in Oregon, we believe that, at the very least, Governor Brown must review both a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment and a full Environmental Impact Statement before allowing any Oregon agency to grant a permit for any such project.
Please read the Position Statement on Coal Exports from concerned Oregon physicians to learn more about public health threats associated with proposed coal export through Oregon.
In addition, please read our letter from health professionals and public health advocates to former Oregon Governor Kitzhaber. Health advocates like you helped turn the tide against coal exports in Oregon.