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Articles tagged coal dust

Sept. 17, 2014, 1 a.m.

Scientists On A Quest For Knowledge About Coal Dust Risks

Scientists have a lot of questions about what happens when coal escapes from trains and terminals and gets into the environment.

Aug. 5, 2014, 1:20 p.m.

Columbia Gorge Commission Sounds Alarm On Coal, Oil Transport

The Columbia River Gorge Commission has passed a resolution against the transport of coal and crude oil along the river that divides Washington and Oregon.

Dec. 20, 2013, 1 a.m.

Feds: Coal Companies Must Pay To Suppress Dust From Trains

Coal dust that escapes from trains is a significant problem, according to a federal board, and coal companies have to pay to keep it under control.

Nov. 4, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

New Research Provides Evidence Of Coal Dust Escaping From Trains

As Washington and Oregon consider proposals for three coal export terminals, many have raised questions about how much coal dust could come off the trains that would service those terminals, now some new results are in.

May 21, 2013, 4 a.m.

Crowdfunding Coal Science

Crowdfunding campaigns are popular ways to raise money for fledgling businesses and independent projects. Now there are some scientists who are asking the public to chip in online for studies about the impacts of exporting coal in the Northwest.

March 12, 2013, 1 a.m.

Coal Dust's Environmental Impacts

Some coal dust will escape along the journey from Powder River Basin mines in Montana and Wyoming if trains and barges are used to transport the fossil fuel to proposed export terminals in the Northwest. The question is: what could that dust do to the environment?

March 11, 2013, 1 a.m.

What Coal-Train Dust Means For Human Health

Environmental groups, public health officials and communities along rail lines are asking questions about the potential impacts of transporting coal through the Northwest. Some of those questions are about coal dust and how it could affect human health.

March 1, 2013, 2:06 p.m.

Multnomah County Health Department Releases Coal Train Report

A new report in Oregon finds there's not enough industry data to say for sure what the health effects would be if trains begin to haul coal to export terminals in the Northwest.

Feb. 14, 2013, 7 a.m.

Diverse Voices Heard At EarthFix Seattle Coal Export Panel

Several hundred people gathered at Town Hall Seattle for an EarthFix panel discussion about coal exports in the Northwest.

Nov. 7, 2012, 4:29 p.m.

Coal Export Public Meetings Are Drawing Northwest Crowds

Big crowds are turning out to talk about the environmental impact of shipping coal out of the Pacific Northwest. The first proposal to reach this stage in the permitting process is near Bellingham, Wash. Four others are on the drawing boards in Washington and Oregon.

Sept. 10, 2012, midnight

Multnomah County Begins Health Study On Coal Export Risks

One of the Portland area's top elected officials has ordered a study on the health impacts of coal dust and diesel emissions. The study comes as Portland, Seattle, and other Northwest cities consider the possibility of trains passing through, delivering tons of coal from Montana and Wyoming to be shipped across the Pacific.