OLYMPIA, Wash. – Some Washington citizens are voicing opposition about plans to build three new coal export terminals in their communities. Opponents of those proposals delivered more than 40,000 signatures to the state capitol in Olympia Wednesday.
Toni Montgomery lives in Vancouver, Washington. She says coal trains already pass by her house on their way to export terminals.
“Who’s going to want to buy a house with coal dust right there?" Montgomery asks. "We don’t spend a lot of time in our back yard, I can’t leave my doors and windows open, I usually wash down my patio everyday.”
Montgomery says she has severe allergies and will consider moving if increased coal exports lead to more dust at her house.
She and the others met with state commissioner of public lands, Peter Goldmark to submit their petition. He issued a statement saying that any decision he makes about a coal terminal will come only after he receives “a comprehensive proposal which addresses all aspects of the project”.
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