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Coal Export Critics Ask: What About Pollution From Trains And Barges?

Dec. 7, 2012 | Ecotrope/OPB
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  • Around 800 people attended Thursday's informational meeting in Portland on the Morrow Pacific coal export project, which would transfer coal at sites in Boardman and near Clatskanie along the Columbia River.
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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality fielded questions about coal exports from a room of about 800 people in Portland Thursday night.

The agency held the last in a series of informational meetings on the air and water quality permits Ambre Energy needs to build a coal export terminal at the Port of Morrow in Boardman. A lot of coal export opponents wanted to know why the state agency isn’t considering the transportation impacts of the Morrow Pacific project.

This week, the Sierra Club released its own modeling of air pollution associated with the Ambre Energy project. The group’s data show total air emissions from the project, including diesel emissions from trains and tugboats hauling coal, would exceed the limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency to protect human health.

Opponents have asked DEQ to deny or delay permits for Ambre Energy until a more comprehensive environmental impact assessment is completed.

Critics of coal exports dominated the room at an Oregon Department of Environmental Quality meeting in Portland Thursday night.

Morrow Pacific says the Sierra Club data is “not realistic or reliable,” and DEQ says mobile sources of pollution aren’t considered in the state’s permitting process for the Morrow Pacific facility. …Continued on Ecotrope, where this post originated.

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