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Boardman and Port Westward
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.
We expect a late 2016 hearing because project proponents have challenged the denial of the permit. Should their challenge prevail, Oregon PSR and the Sierra Club are prepared to take the project to court to defend the air quaility in and around Boardman.
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 Governor Kitzhaber. Health advocates like you helped turn the tide against coal exports in Oregon.
Longview (Millennium Bulk Projects)
7-21-16 update: The Army Corps of Engineers will release a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) this fall for public comment. Cowlitz County will undertake a related Health Impact Assessment over the course of the next 9 months. Huge thanks to everyone who testified at the public comment hearing in Cowlitz County for the draft EIS produced by Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology. Remember that coal trains will move through Oregon on their way to Longview, WA, the site of the largest proposed coal export facility in the nation.
If you are a (non-physician) health professional, public health advocate or if you work in the health community in Washington State, please read our Washington Health Community Statement. Add your name to this 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.
Cherry Point (Gateway Pacific)
On May 9th, 2016, the Army Corps of Engineers delivered its historic decision to deny permits for SSA Marine’s proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal, a coal export facility at Xwe’chi’eXen, also known as Cherry Point, Washington. The Army Corps agreed with the Lummi Nation that building a 48 million ton per year coal terminal would have adverse impacts upon the Lummi Nation's fishing rights and way of life. By denying permits for the largest proposed coal export terminal in North America, the Army Corps is upholding the Lummi Nation’s treaty rights and protecting the Salish Sea for all people who call the Pacific Northwest home.
Please read the August 28th, 2015 letter from Oregon PSR, Washington PSR, PSR National, and Dr. Frank James to the Army Corps of Engineers in support of the Lummi Nation's request.
NEWS ARCHIVE ON COAL EXPORTS
NW Coal Exports: A Threat to Health and Safety (factsheet, 10/15/14)
Resolution to Oppose Coal Transport by the City Council of Beaverton (Beaverton City Council Resolution #4182, 6/18/13)
Resolution from the Portland City Council on Coal Exports and Health Impact Assessment (Portland City Council Resolution #36962, 10/4/12)
Resolution from the Portland City Council Opposing Coal Trains (Portland City Council Resolution #36959, 9/19/13)
Resolution from the City of Scappoose Regarding the Kinder-Morgan Coal Export Project for Port Westward (Scappoose City Council Resolution #13-03, 5/6/13)
Resolution to Oppose Coal Transport by the City Council of Eugene (Eugene City Council Resolution #5065, 10/24/12)
Resolution to Oppose Coal Transport by the City Council of Milwaukie (Milwaukie City Council Resolution #55-2012, 10/22/12)
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)
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: