Huge piles of coal on the banks of our Columbia River, with dangerous coal dust contaminating our river and our neighborhoods? Diesel pollution damaging our health?
That’s what we could be looking at – uncovered piles of coal 8 stories high and 16 mile-long, uncovered coal trains barreling every day of the year along the Columbia River, through our neighborhoods, threatening our air quality, water quality, and public safety.
According to the final environmental review, Millennium’s proposed coal export terminal would increase cancer rates in Longview’s Highlands neighborhood and clog rail lines throughout the region. You can stop this cancer-causing, climate-busting coal export proposal.
Many of you have opposed coal export proposals for years. You’ve written comments, attended rallies, and testified at public hearings. THANK YOU! Please keep up your outstanding work to protect the Pacific Northwest from coal export and send in your comments on this new permit today.
Coal trains already harm our communities. Just last month, another coal train derailed, dumping 30 rail cars of coal into Montana’s Clark Fork River, a tributary to the Columbia. According to Shannon Williamson of Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper, "The Clark Fork River has overcome decades of toxic pollution from mining activity to provide some of the best fly-fishing in the country. This incident is yet another reminder of what's at risk when we transport tons of uncovered piles of dirty coal along environmentally sensitive water bodies. Why sacrifice our clean water when there are cleaner options for powering homes and businesses?"
You can help protect public health, preserve air quality, and combat climate change by speaking up to stop coal export.