April 17, 2013

Suits over Columbia River coal pollution

An environmental coalition charged that coal and coal dust spilled from railroad hoppers is polluting the scenic Columbia River Gorge. They pledged to sue mining companies and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad if they do not halt the spills. 

Each coal train leaves behind 10,000 pounds of loose coal, containing heavy metals and other harmful chemicals, in the Columbia River Gorge. [NY Times]
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