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April 9, 2013 at 7:04 AM

Groups to file lawsuit against coal companies

Coal pollution threatens ecosystems

I’m very concerned about the proposed coal exports from the Northwest [“Groups signal plan to sue rail line over pollution from coal trains,” NWWednesday, April 3]. The harmful effects of coal pollution are already affecting our waterways and lands along the rail lines. We must do all we can to stop the efforts of big coal to build ports along our coastline to export coal.

Coal falling into our waterways and the Puget Sound seriously threatens the delicate balance of ecosystems and the health of families who consume fish and other seafood. Burning coal increases ocean acidification, adds to global warming and must be stopped, not encouraged.

Washington and Oregon are both on the path to becoming coal-free. If the coal ports are permitted, our region will see an additional 60 coal trains a day, and the 10,000 pounds of coal dust dumped daily by each coal train into the Columbia River Gorge will increase dramatically.

We simply must do all we can, working with our decision-makers, to protect our beautiful Northwest and put a stop to this travesty.

Ruth Darden, Seattle

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