Oregon county to study health impact of more coal train traffic in Northwest
Oregon county to study impact of more coal train traffic in
Multnomah County, Oregon, will study the potential health risks posed by increased coal traffic should several proposed coal export terminals be built on the Washington and Oregon coasts, the county chairman said Monday.
Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen, who also serves as the chairman of the Multnomah County Board of Health, directed the county health department to assess the potential health risks to the community from increased coal train traffic and provide recommendations for mitigation. Cogen also asked the Office of Emergency Management to determine the impact the trains would have on the county’s ability to respond to emergencies.
The county is Oregon’s most populous and includes the city of Portland.
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