Road to Ruin: Planned Coal Facility Could Dirty Portland’s Air

Allison Roberts News

first export terminal have their eyes on the banks of the Columbia River—promising jobs, tax rebates, and maybe even national recognition for Oregon. But that promise may come with a sharp cost for Portland. The main rail routes leading to the top choice for a new terminal, the Port of St. Helens, run right through the heart of Northwest and North Portland, environmentalists and other critics of the project are warning. And as for what that means for Portland residents, 28 miles southeast of the port? The answer is up in the air. Literally.

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