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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

July 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Coal terminals and air pollution

Pollution should be main focus of debate

A coal train rolls through SAM's Olympic Sculpture Park, Friday, April 26, 2013, in  Seattle. [Ken Lambert, The Seattle Times.]

A coal train rolls through SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park, Friday, April 26, 2013, in Seattle. [Ken Lambert, The Seattle Times.]

With all the talk of long waits at crossings and jobs that will be produced with coal terminals, I find it amazing that no one addresses the elephant in the room. [“Coal, jobs and climate change the debate,” Business, July 7.]

By shipping tons of coal to China so it can be burned in power plants, which have little or no pollution-prevention devices, has it occurred to anyone that, like the aquatic debris from Japan, all that pollution will drift to the West Coast?

Let us not get all tangled up with trains, jobs and such when the real question should be, how many tons of coal pollution is Seattle and the rest of the West Coast ready to breathe?

Wally Adams, Seattle

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