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August 5, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Environmental review of Cherry Point coal port

The impact is obvious

The state Department of Ecology is launching an environmental review of the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point. The terminal, and the coal trains it would bring, have been an issue of hot debate among Washingtonians. [Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.]

The state Department of Ecology is launching an environmental review of the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point. The terminal, and the coal trains it would bring, have been an issue of hot debate among Washingtonians. [Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.]

Washington’s Department of Ecology doesn’t need two years to find out what we already know about coal terminals. [“State plans sweeping review of coal port,” page one, Aug. 1.]

First, if they nullify Lummi tribal treaties, they will kill hundreds of jobs that have supported Lummi families for thousands of years.

We already can see Boeing sending jobs out of state. Add hundreds of coal trains to the same rail system Boeing uses to ship fuselages, and watch how fast they’ll decide to send thousands more good paying jobs elsewhere.

Trout in our supposedly pristine alpine lakes have high lead content. Coal pollution drifts from China to Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, damaging our quality of life here. The coal industry calls it progress.

With all this, there’s only one determination left to make: how shortsighted will the decision makers in Washington state be?

William McQuaid, Seattle

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