Oregon report: coal-train dust data too sparse - KOTA Territory News

Oregon report: coal-train dust data too sparse


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A report from Multnomah County's health department says there's too little industry data to make a judgment about the potential health effects of long trains carrying coal through Portland to West Coast export terminals.

The Oregonian reports the analysis released Friday was requested by County Chairman Jeff Cogen. He says the train and coal companies should have to show that the traffic being considered won't hurt residents.

The report says the federal government should do a regional study of export proposals.

The companies say coal shipments have been going through Washington state to ports in British Columbia for decades, with no complaints to the agencies there.

A spokeswoman for a trade group representing coal and train companies calls concern over coal dust "a red herring."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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