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Oregon's Department of State Lands is currently considering the first of three proposals to move huge amounts of coal from Montana and Wyoming through the Columbia Gorge 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.
We believe that, at the very least, Governor Kitzhaber 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. Help us by joining your colleagues in requesting the development of a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment.
If you are a physician, please read the Position Statement on Coal Exports from concerned Oregon physicians to Governor Kitzhaber to learn more about public health threats associated with proposed coal export through Oregon. Add your name to the statement.
If you have already signed on, thank you so much for lending your voice on this critically important issue. For more details, please contact Regna Merritt.
We are glad to learn that Governor Kitzhaber has called for a thorough review of coal export proposals and hope that he will continue to stand up for the health of Oregonians.
Latest News on Coal Exports
Oregon PSR and Partners Petition Army Corps to Undertake Area-Wide Environmental Impact Statement on All Proposed Coal Export Terminals in WA and OR (5/22/13). Kinder Morgan Decision: A Victory for Public Health News Release (5/8/2013). Resolution to oppose coal transport by the City Council of Milwaukie (10/22/12, Milwaukie City Council Resolution #55-2012).
Oregon PSR and Partners Petition Army Corps to Undertake Area-Wide Environmental Impact Statement on All Proposed Coal Export Terminals in WA and OR (5/22/13).
Kinder Morgan Decision: A Victory for Public Health News Release (5/8/2013).
Resolution to oppose coal transport by the City Council of Milwaukie (10/22/12, Milwaukie City Council Resolution #55-2012).
Oregon PSR is grateful for the September 10th, 2012 announcement from Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen and the Multnomah County Health Department. Together with the Office of Emergency Management, they have stepped up and will work to reveal what is known about impacts of coal dust, diesel emissions and emergency response times in Multnomah County. Read more about Multnomah County studying the health risks of coal (9/10/12, Bonnie Stewart, OPB's EarthFix), and view video of Jeff Cogen's announcement.
Read about Portland City Council Commissioner Amanda Fritz's coal export resolution (9/11/12, Scott Learn, The Oregonian).
Read Toxic Coal Blues, an article about opposition to plans to ship coal through Portland (8/22/12, Mindy Cooper, The Portland Observer)
Download the press release for our July 19th, 2012 press conference.
Health Effects Related to Coal Exports
Diesel particulate matter is associated with:
Coal dust is associated with:
Noise exposure causes:
Frequent long trains at rail crossings will mean: