Vancouver wants voice in coal plan

first_imgProtesters opposing shipments of coal by train attend a workshop session Monday at Vancouver City Hall. Area activists have been calling for the city council to take action. Toni Montgomery lives in Steamboat Landing along the Columbia River in Vancouver, and despite the tony location, she fears she may be on the wrong side of the tracks.The wrong side, that is, if proposed coal export terminals bring as many as 16 trains stretching up to 1.5 miles long through her neighborhood every day, blocking access for residents and any emergency responders who may need in. Already, she says that six coal trains go by her home daily, coating her house in dust and killing off her landscaping.On Monday, she joined several dozens of concerned residents at Vancouver City Hall as staff members walked the city council through a host of potential problems the six proposed coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest could cause locally. Among them: coal dust, increased diesel pollution, degraded air quality, train horn noise, fire danger and overall visual impacts.“The impacts could fall back on the city, but (coal) isn’t going to give us any income,” Montgomery, the Steamboat Landing resident, said.Clark County commissioners’ letter also seeks inclusion in environmental review for coal export terminal proposal.last_img

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