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Save Sandpoint From Big Coal

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What if every day an additional 75 to 99 MILES of uncovered coal trains, powered by an additional 250-330 diesel engines, roared through our community? Halting emergency response, spewing diesel particulates and coal dust, shaking our homes, threatening our health and safety bring absolutely NO benefit in any way. And even if they did, would that shift the permissibility of attacking the health and welfare of our community? Yeah. My thought exactly.

Welcome to looming reality, as coal companies work to make it happen.

Imagine a train every ten minutes, bringing the crossing guards down anywhere from every 9-14 minutes, twenty-four hours a day. If more trains run during the day than at night, those windows narrow even further when most of us need to use the roads. Want to get Jimmy to soccer practice on time? Spin the wheel, and you might make it . . . if you add ten to fifteen minutes for each crossing you meet on the way. Imagine our drinkIng water contaminated with coal dust. Imagine diesel exhaust dominating the crystal fresh air, and our community plagued by cancers and asthma more than ever before.

Don't allow our beautiful county to be thrown back to the days of the early Industrial Revolution. With your help, we can make our voices heard, shout loud enough to prevent big coal from winning permits to build the export facilities these trains would supply. We've got to make the permit committees in Washington, where these trains would be going, see how this issue holds the potential to change or destroy our community's environment, health, safety and value, so they will deny the permits and shut down big coal's last snatch at growth.

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Coal use in the US has been declining for years, and with a strong trend towards a moratorium on new coal plants in the US and internationally, the coal companies are looking for a way to wring the last of the big profits out of their mines. Let's make sure that they don't trample us in their mad, greedy, last-gasp efforts.


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