The Health Impacts of Coal Export

Millennium’s proposed coal export terminal poses serious health risks for people who live and recreate near the proposed terminal. 

Health Dangers from Coal Dust

The wide ranging health dangers of coal dust include exposure to toxic heavy metals like mercury and increased rates of asthma, especially in children. Coal dust and diesel exhaust from coal trains can cause serious long-term health problems like lung and heart disease and cancer. Known health effects from arsenic, which is found in coal dust, include: skin damage, problems with circulatory systems, and increased risk of developing cancer. 

Washington Physicians Call for More Attention to the Serious Health Impacts of Coal Export

In August 2011, over a hundred doctors in Washington State released an issue paper calling for a comprehensive health assessment of the impacts from the proposed coal export terminal in Bellingham, WA.  Exposure to coal dust has been linked to increased occurrence of chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma.

 

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