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Guided by the values and expertise of medicine and public health, Physicians for Social Responsibility works to protect humanity from the gravest threats to health and survival. Right now, you can make a difference by registering your comments on the EPA's new Clean Power rule to limit carbon from existing coal-burning power plants. Just click the button to get started.
Oregon PSR is working hard to identify and prevent the negative health impacts of coal exports and climate change. Our huge thanks go to those who helped us bring the voice of medicine and public health to five recent hearings on the proposed coal export terminal in Longview, WA.
The "scoping period" that determines the breadth and depth of environmental review for the project will soon end. You can help shape the future of our region by submitting comments to the decision makers in charge of the permitting process.
Decision-makers need to hear from you! Even if you have already submitted a comment, additional comments are encouraged and welcomed.
From beginning to end - from mining and transportation to combustion and waste - coal is highly toxic.
The Millennium Bulk Terminals project would transport 48.5 million tons of coal through the Columbia Gorge via trains that may also travel through Portland. That could mean 16 additional trains per day, each over 1 ¼ mile in length, spewing particulate pollution into our air and water and delaying emergency response times.
One of three coal export facilities proposed for Oregon and Washington, Millennium would add 88 million short metric tons of carbon pollution to our atmosphere each year by 2020, exacerbating climate chaos and harming human health. Combustion would also result in the blowback of mercury, a potent neurotoxin, to the United States.
Please oppose this project and request full disclosure of all potential negative health impacts in a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Health Impact Assessment.
The scoping comment period for this project ends soon. Please act now. Thank you!