Jul
28

Weekly Wrap: Barrier Reef Toxic with Coal, Germany’s Rising Coal Demand

By Maddy Bennett/Public Citizen

Coal Pollutes Great Barrier Reef

As reported by a Brisbane Times article, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is polluted with coal dust to a point beyond toxicity, putting this World Heritage site in danger. According to a new study from James Cook University, coastal sediments surrounding an Australian coal port are contaminated with coal residues that surpass the country’s regulatory limits.The study’s researcher, Terry Hughes, found coal dust hundreds of kilometers from their source ports.

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Jul
24

A Win for the Coalition in Louisiana Hearing

The Monday hearing on the suit against the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which several CGCC organizations filed last October, won’t produce a decision until at least late August. But the coalition did get a win.

Local residents showed up to support coalition lawyers making oral arguments in the suit against Louisiana's Department of Natural Resources. The RAM coal export terminal involved in the suit would be serviced by coal trains that would traverse several parishes outside of New Orleans.

Local residents showed up to support coalition lawyers making oral arguments in the suit against Louisiana’s Department of Natural Resources. The RAM coal export terminal involved in the suit would be serviced by coal trains that would traverse several parishes outside of New Orleans.

During the July 21 hearing, coalition lawyers argued that the DNR did not take into consideration a key document when the agency granted a coastal use permit for the proposed RAM coal export terminal in Plaquemines Parish. And the judge agreed, which isĀ  important because the terminal can’t be built without that permit.

The court found that the DNR failed to include the RAM Modeling Memorandum created by the Water Institute and Arcadis U.S. The Water Institute/Arcadis concluded that the RAM terminal would undermine the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion, a Louisiana state coastal restoration project, because it would reduce the amount of sediment that collects.

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Jul
21

CGCC Groups Argue DNR Suit in Plaquemines Court

Clean Gulf Commerce Coalition organizations will make oral arguments in their lawsuit against Louisiana’s Department of Natural Resources today. The hearing will be held in Plaquemines Parish Distict Court (301 Main St., Belle Chasse) at 1:30 PM today. The suit was initially filed on October 31, 2013 by Sierra Club, Gulf Restoration Network, and Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN).

We believe the DNR illegally granted a coastal use permit for the RAM coal export terminal, which has been proposed for a site near Ironton and Myrtle Grove in Plaquemines Parish. The terminal would undermine the Myrtle Grove Diversion, a key part of the state’s coastal restoration plan, as well as pollute air and water.

 

Jul
21

Weekly Wrap: Alaska Coal Facility Poses Health Threats

By Maddy Bennett/Public Citizen

Recent articles by E&E Publishing and Global Community Monitor recount the ongoing battle between an Alaskan community and a coal facility.

According to a report jointly released by Alaska Community Action on Toxics, the Sierra Club, the Alaska Conservation Foundation, and Global Community Monitor, the Seward Coal Loading Facility is the biggest air polluter in Seward, AK.The report states,”The data indicated that coal makes up the majority of the dust captured in the air monitors, which demonstrates that the Seward Coal Loading Facility is a major contributor to airborne dust in Seward.”

source: squalk.com

There’s more to coal dust than just bits of carbon. It also contains a known carcinogen, crystalline silica. Inhaling crystalline silica dust can cause silicosis, which causes scarring of the alveoli in lungs, thus causing breathing difficulties that could be fatal. As the data show, pollutants, including crystalline silica, have reached unsafe levels in the areas around the coal terminal. Air pollution can increase asthma attacks and is linked to pulmonary disease, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and dementia. Continue reading

Jul
10

Weekly Wrap: Court Stops Mine Expansion, New Litigation Fighting Coal

By Maddy Bennett/Public Citizen

Court Stops Mine Expansion

A recent article by Eco Watch reports that a federal court has stopped the continuation of coal mine expansion in Colorado. This expansion was initially allowed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which has historically favored businesses over the environment. However, the new court ruling struck down the BLM’s approval to accelerate mining in Colorado on the grounds that the bureau failed to regard environmental impact and the “social cost of carbon.”

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