Thanks Ecology for listening

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 26, 2014 

The Department of Ecology deserves a thank you for listening to the people of the state of Washington as they raised concerns about the coal export terminals. Gov. Inslee has said that the issue of the coal exports is the biggest environmental danger facing our state in his lifetime and I believe in all our lifetimes. Greenhouse gases are air pollutants and I believe should be included in any environmental study, as well as the risks to the health and safety of the communities which these long coal-bearing trains will travel. The Department of Ecology has used its authority to raise questions about the vast threats of the coal exports and have listened to what the State Environmental Protection Act requires. Coal is the dirtiest, most carbon intensive fuel and becoming a "Gateway" for its export to Asia I believe is in direct opposition to our region's leadership and clean energy economy.

Judith Akims

Bellingham

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