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November 7, 2013 at 6:25 AM

Coal transportation puts Washington environment at risk

Bellingham puts the environment first

As an intended environmental studies/sciences major at Western Washington University, I want to address your article “Coal-train issue key to election — but nobody’s talking about it” [page one, Oct. 25].

This article discusses the issues regarding coal transportation and Whatcom County’s feelings toward it, which is the main reason for my letter. As a part of the environmental bandwagon, I agree that by having this coal transferred through Bellingham, we are putting our healthy environment at risk.

Bellingham is ranked fourth in the state for health and environmental reasons, and as a firm believer in this ranking, I believe we should not jeopardize this accomplishment. The environment is something Bellingham puts first.

The part in the article that really stuck out to me was that the proposals “have cheered job-hungry blue-collar workers and alarmed environmentalists because of how burning coal affects the climate. Environmental groups have pledged to fight the proposals at every step, from determining the scope of environmental-impact studies to local permitting decisions.”

I really agree that we should fight against this proposal and truly attempt to keep our climate, environment and society as clean and secure as we can.

Annie Espy, Bellingham

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