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AIR QUALITY: Coal trains will just add to problem

Letter by Bob Lucas, Puyallup on Jan. 22, 2013 at 11:17 am with No Comments »
January 22, 2013 11:56 am

The news of mainland China spewing atmospheric pollutants at a unprecedented volume presumably from its more than 2,500 coal-powered power plants, didn’t come as much of a surprise after reading the Jan. 15 article, “Persistent smog angers residents, state media.”

The Washington Post article reports an air quality level in Beijing, China, of 755. U..S experts consider anything above 150 unhealthy.

Meanwhile the battle rages in Whatcom County over the construction of the $500 million Cherry Point Terminal, where opponents claim that as many as 18 to 20 trains a day of up to a mile-and-a-half long will be bringing in that product laughingly referred to as “clean coal.” It would be shipped to Asia to help expedite poor air quality and corporate profit.

However the responsible corporations respond, there will be jobs and it will help the economy. Those toxic pollutants flow to the West Coast every day and will grow substantially with time. Maybe it’s time to reflect that the highway to hell may begin with human activity and its impact on the planet.

Why would any individual from any country want the very air we breathe, along with the very existence of the planet and the creatures that reside there, to be exposed to something that is controllable, yet be silent over such bad stewardship or condone anything so unacceptable?

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