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On April 1st, the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) could either approve or deny a permit for a new coal export terminal in Oregon. The massive public health and environmental threats posed by shipping 150 million tons or more of highly toxic coal through our region make this an unacceptable risk, and Governor Kitzhaber and the DSL need to hear this from you. Please join us for this upcoming rally at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem to make your voice heard!
When: Wednesday, March 13th at 11:30 AM
Where: Oregon State Capitol (900 Court Street NE in Salem)
If you are unable to attend the rally, please take a quick moment to call the Governor’s Citizen Hotline at 503-378-4582 and urge him to deny the DSL permit for the Morrow Pacific Project, the first of five coal export proposals in our region.
Oregon PSR is the public health voice working to bring to the fore the myriad threats to our health posed by exporting coal through our region for sale in Asia. Oregon PSR staff members and physician representatives will be discussing the health impacts associated with coal at the 5th Annual Northwest Environmental Health Conference on March 15th, which we are co-organizing. Registration for the conference is still open, and you can view the conference agenda here.
One of the conference presenters will be Dr. Alan Lockwood, author of the new book The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health. Dr. Lockwood, a past president of National PSR, will also be joining us for a private reception on Saturday, March 16th from 6 until 8 PM at the Portland home of Regna Merritt, Oregon PSR’s Prevent Coal Exports Campaign Director. For more information and directions to the reception, please contact Regna at firstname.lastname@example.org or 971-235-7643.