I plan to present verbal public testimony tomorrow to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality regarding the issuance of air and water permits to the Morrow Pacific Coal Export project. I support the project (have no financial interest in it) because it will provide high paying stevedore and other jobs in Oregon while providing tax and fee revenues for local government. This will help the local economy in North central Oregon which will take a hit later this decade when the Boardman coal power plant is shuttered for good. I also think railroads, barges and ships add to the poetic/aesthetic appeal of the Columbia River by combing the natural with the human endeavor. I also believe the owner and operators of this project should post bond or deposit to insure against material environmental nonconformance and/or mishap. The loading facilities are enclosed and the barges are covered so as to sharply reduce coal dust emissions. Coal on rails is treated to reduce coal dust.
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