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5 To 3 Vote Favors Banning Transport of Coal Through Eugene
The City of Eugene has voted a resolution that would ban the transport of Coal by rail through the city. The trains would pass through the area on their way to be exported through the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay terminal. Eugene City Councilors discussed the issue and the potential health impacts before making the 5 to 3 vote in favor of a ban and environmental impact statement for any future rail shipments. They also added that a health impact statement be initiated before any federal or state permits are issued. The motion may be symbolic however, since city’s are not allowed to stop interstate commerce. Councilors opposed to the ban indicated that it may be a bad precedent to set since there are many materials that could be hazardous that move through the city without question.