Coal clash: Potential for more coal trains in the Northwest raises congestion, pollution concerns

Allison Roberts News

At full capacity, the Kinder Morgan terminal could trigger 12 round-trip coal trains a day — arriving full, returning empty. Each would be 1- to 1 1/2-miles long, running 10 mph on tracks past Nelson’s bar and down the middle of A Street . . .  the prospect of more coal trains, each with up to 145 uncovered cars in a long black line, is generating anxiety along the tracks, including Seattle, the Columbia River Gorge, Portland, Vancouver and humble Rainier.

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