Mayor applauds PSRC for conducting regional economic impact study of coal trains proposal
SEATTLE - Today the Puget Sound Regional Council approved conducting a regional economic analysis of the proposed Gateway Pacific Coal Terminal in Whatcom County at the request of Mayor Mike McGinn. The study will help inform the Transportation 2040 update and the 2014 release of the Environmental Impact Statement on the coal trains proposal. The scope of the study is expected to include an analysis of current and future impacts on trade and development, property values, land use, employment and railway congestion within the central Puget Sound region.
"I applaud the Puget Sound Regional Council board for their commitment to helping conduct a comprehensive review of the coal trains proposal in Washington State,” said McGinn. "We are concerned about the negative impacts of these coal trains to our city's transportation network, recovering economy and the public safety and health of our residents. Today's decision is the latest sign of the growing concerns about the local impacts of exporting coal to China.”
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