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Multnomah County to examine coal health hazards

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Monday, September 10, 2012

The Multnomah County health department plans to review potential health hazards from coal trains that will pass through the county on the way to new export terminals.

[County Chairman Jeff] Cogen's request, to be formally announced today, focuses on diesel emissions from locomotives and coal dust from uncovered coal cars. He also wants the emergency management office to study potential delays in emergency response from mile–plus trains.

Three of the five coal export terminals proposed in Oregon and Washington are likely to route coal trains through Multnomah County, as many as 32 a day -- half of them full, half empty. Those three terminals, one in Coos Bay and two along the Columbia River, would ship coal from Montana and Wyoming's Powder River Basin to Asia for electricity generation.

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