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If you are a health professional, add your name now to the letter to President Obama.
Our health and our environment are threatened by several proposals to transport massive quantities of coal through the Columbia Gorge for export to Asia. The State of Oregon will soon decide whether to issue permits on the very first proposal: Ambre Energy's coal terminal at the Port of Morrow (Coyote Island Terminal, LLC Application). Governor Kitzhaber and the Department of State Lands (DSL) have the power to deny this permit but they need to hear from you.
Please act today: October 31st is the comment deadline to request that the Governor and other decision-makers deny permits for this huge, precedent-setting coal export proposal! Send a comment now and say NO to this proposal.
Ambre Energy proposes to bring 8.8 million tons of coal per year along 1,000 miles of rail lines through Montana, Idaho and Washington to Boardman, Oregon, where the coal would be loaded onto barges and shipped through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Then the coal would be transferred to ocean-going freighters in St. Helens, Oregon for transport to Asia. (Note: Ambre is the same corporation that lied in its initial application at Longview, WA, stating they would export 5 million tons when, in fact, they intended to export 60 to 80 million tons of coal from that site.)
Increased coal exports pose serious risks to public health, our environment and our climate. Over 145 physicians and 190 other health professionals and health advocates have called on Governor Kitzhaber to NOT allow any state agency to grant a permit for coal exports at least until review of a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is complete. No such HIA has even been initiated.
Governor Kitzhaber has taken the lead in asking the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a comprehensive review of the environmental and health impacts of all coal export facilities proposed in the Northwest. Thus far, the Corps has refused.
So our governor and the DSL must deny the Morrow Pacific application. Tell the Governor and the Department of State Lands that state law requires the denial of permit for the Morrow Pacific coal export facility because it fails to conform to sound policies of conservation and will interfere with public health and safety.
Again, the public comment period ends October 31st. Please make your voice heard today.