Cogen's request 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.
The export proposals, if approved, would make the Columbia Gorge and the Pacific Northwest a conduit for large amounts of coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana to be shipped to Asian markets.
Friends of the Columbia Gorge has joined with other groups and concerned citizens in an alliance to stop these major transport proposals.
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Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz drafted a resolution to be considered by the City Council on September 19. The resolution opposes coal trains running through Portland until the Army Corps of Engineers fully evaluates potential environmental and health impacts.
A town hall meeting about coal exports has been scheduled for September 27 in the Portland suburb of Milwaukie.
OPB Ecotrope examines TV ads on coal exports: an anti-coal commercial produced by the Sierra Club, and and pro-coal ad issued by coal export terminal developers and their supporters.
The 1,600-acre fire burned state and private land along Highway 141 between White Salmon and Husum, Washington.
Fire officials said the fire was 85 percent contained Tuesday morning.
Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark urged citizens to stay vigilant against starting accidental fires: "This weekend we will see dry fuels and high winds that give us two of the three elements that can start a catastrophic wildfire. The third element is the tiniest spark. We are asking everyone to take extra care this weekend to avoid any risk of providing that spark."
The Commission hopes to re-energize an effort to collect detailed data on the area and its health. They're looking to strengthen connections with communities and players within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
This spot along the White Salmon River was once the site of Condit Dam. Pacificorp crews are removing the last remnants of the dam; the above picture was taken by Thomas O'Keefe of American Whitewater on September 6.
Electric car charging station debuts in Hood River
Hood River News
August 29, Hood River News
- Hood River's electric car charging station is charged up and ready to go. The Aerovironment charging station was installed earlier this month and recently became fully operational.
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