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Seattle CityCouncil Unanimously Passes Resolution Opposing Coal Transport


May 29, 2012

*Seattle City Council Unanimously Passes Resolution Opposing Coal



*Local residents applaud council for making Seattle tenth city to

officially raise concerns with coal export proposals*

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*Seattle-*Today, over 100 Washington residents gathered at City Hall for a

press conference to urge Council members to vote in support of a


coal transport across Washington and through the City of Seattle.



*Minister Carla Payne, Founding Director of Earth Ministry*, inspired the

crowd at City Hall saying, “In Seattle, we have always worked together to

make things better, looking to the future to create a better world for all

God’s children. People of faith urge the Seattle City Council to pass a

resolution to oppose coal export, and stand up to big coal companies on

behalf of God’s Creation and on behalf our children’s future.”

What proved to be a resounding message from local residents, an hour later

the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the


*Council member Mike O’Brien* to say, “This resolution is very important in

protecting the health, safety, and well-being of Seattle families and

businesses from these coal export proposals.”

With the passage of this resolution, the City of Seattle adds its name to

the growing list of communities around the Northwest region officially

raising concerns about the six coal export proposals currently facing

Washington and Oregon. Seattle joins Washington cities Camas, Washougal,

Bainbridge Island, Edmonds, Stevenson and Marysville in passing similar


“The Sierra Club opposes coal exports because mining, transporting and

burning coal fouls our air, pollutes our water, sickens our children, and

destroys the environment,” said *Andy Lewis, Chair of the Washington

Chapter of the Sierra Club.* “Now is the time for communities to weigh in

and ensure that every impact to our health, environment, and local

economies is considered when these proposals are considered.”

The potential health impacts of a massive increase in coal trains chugging

through our local parks and neighborhoods is considerable, as well as the

impacts of burning this coal overseas. Explains *Dr. Rich Grady, surgeon,

Pediatric Urology at Children’s Hospital and President of Washington

Physicians for Social Responsibility*, “The effects of coal export are

local – up to 18 trains a day will increase the release of significant

amounts of airborne pollutants from diesel engines and coal dust. The

increased train traffic will also cause significant delays at many rail

crossings, increased risk of vehicle and pedestrian injuries along the

tracks, and increased noise pollution.

“We feel the risks to human health from massive coal shipments across our

state and through our communities are significant, and we call for a

comprehensive Health Impact Assessment, in addition to an Environmental

Impact Statement, addressing these issues along the entire rail corridor.”

The PowerPastCoal coalition is an ever-growing alliance of health,

environmental, clean-energy, faith and community groups working to stop

coal export off the West Coast.

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