State and federal agencies are considering four proposed coal terminals that would export millions of tons of coal mined in Montana and Wyoming to coal-fired power plants in Asia -- but only after the coal travels through Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Traveling by train and barge, the coal would threaten our air and water with coal dust, spills and dirty diesel exhaust.
And Big Coal is pressuring federal agencies to rubber-stamp permits for these disastrous projects without first reviewing the environmental impacts.
Turning the Northwest into a conduit for dirty coal is bad for endangered species and people. Because of the significant negative impacts to air, water, climate, wildlife and human health these projects would pose, each should receive an in-depth study before any permits are issued. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which facilitates these proposals, should also look at the cumulative impacts these terminals create -- from the mines all the way to the power plants.
Please send a message to Congress and the Army Corps of Engineers to stop these disastrous coal terminals in their tracks.
May 1, 2013 Action Alert ID# 91
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