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August 24, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Coal-study findings recently released by Seattle mayor

Impacts are important

A coal tran goes through Seattle on the way to Vancouver, B.C. Recent efforts to bring coal terminals to Washington and Oregon have seen 'green' strategists working with coal companies. (GREG GILBERT/THE SEATTLE TIMES)

A coal train goes through Seattle on the way to Vancouver, B.C. [Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times]

I am shocked at Lauri Hennessey’s misleading, unsupported comments about Mayor Mike McGinn regarding the coal-export study. [“Mayor had coal-study findings since July,” page one, Aug. 20.]

I hope readers will look at the actual study and note for themselves the many negative impacts for Seattle that coal-train plans would bring.

People need to know more about such impacts as traffic congestion, property-value losses, emergency-response inputs and grade-crossing construction and about the huge costs.

I would urge readers to click on the link to the Sightline Institute, especially to learn about what is missing from the coal study, such as cost estimates for coal dust and diesel-exhaust pollution.

We in Seattle are fortunate that Mayor McGinn is looking out for our interests on the coal-train issue. The commissioned studies are an important piece of the work he is doing on our behalf.

Connie Voget, Seattle

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