Follow us:

Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 3, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Groups plan to file lawsuit against coal companies

Coal exportation does not belong in the Northwest

Coal contains some 70 toxic chemicals, the worst of which are mercury and arsenic. Some are released only when the coal is burned, but not mercury and arsenic. Coal has been recovered from Northwest waters, coal that is leaching poisons that will be ingested by fish [“Groups signal plan to sue rail line over pollution from coal trains,” NWWednesday, April 3].

How much more coal must be spilled from the trains transporting it through the Northwest along our treasured waterways? Coal from three trains is already polluting our water daily, but if BNSF and Peabody Energy have their ways, they will export 150 million tons of coal through our communities. This is unconscionable. We already know that our fish test with extremely high levels of mercury, so high that pregnant and nursing women must limit the amount of fish they eat lest they pass it on to their children.

We need to do what’s right. Preserve all that we cherish about the Northwest — clean air, clean water, and an abundant and healthful environment. Exporting coal does not belong in the environment that we so proudly boast as green.

I am one of many who insists that the Army Corps of Engineers does a cumulative environmental-impact analysis of all the proposed projects.

Millie Magner, Seattle

Comments

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►