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