Reminder: Next planning meeting against coal trains through Edmonds set for Wednesday

Sustainable Edmonds and the Sierra Club are continuing their ongoing planning meetings to oppose a proposal to have mile-and-a-half-long coal trains passing through Edmonds on their way to Bellingham. The next meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 11 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Edmonds Library Plaza Room, 650 Main St.

RSVPs are requested to For more information, contact Robin Everett at 206-378-0114, Ext. 308.

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  1. Monday 1/9/2012 – Just saw an uncovered coal train traveling through Edmonds this morning about 11:30a.m. These coal trains should be covered, just like motorists must secure loads in the trucks, etc.

  2. Time for a fact check: BNSF in its tariffs and policies requires shippers to treat coal with a “dust supression topper agent (eg. sufficant) at the time of loading”. ( The compound has been found in tests in the USA and several other countries to lower the dust levels at the mine by about 85%. Remaining dust materially decreases with distance. (Edmonds is about 1500-1600 rail miles from the Wyoming mines.) BNSF notes coal dust “…poses a serious threat to the stability of the track structure…” Thus, clearly, it is in their best interests to eliminate such dust. In my observations of dozens of such trains passing through Edmonds I have not experienced, smelled, or seen dust. I don’t believe dust is a risk here. I strongly suspect last summer’s forest fires in the Olympic peninsula contributed more particulates in Edmonds than coal dust. Do your own checking of the facts and observations before blindly repeating misleading information. The bigger issues are in mining and use.

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