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Across the Northwest, Environmental Groups Act to Prevent Coal Transport

•, Common Dreams staff
 Two major anti-coal actions this week highlighted the blight of the coal industry on Canada, the US, China and the world.
In Portland, Oregon activists held a rally against coal companies invading the Pacific Northwest with six separate coal export terminals that would send large amounts of US coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana to Asia. The plans will make Oregon and Washington the largest coal traffickers in North America, sending a constant flow of dirty coal trains through towns and communities across the northwest.

The uncovered coal trains spew toxic coal dust as they blow through both neighborhoods and farmlands.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., environmentalists and energy experts joined hundreds of anti-coal protesters this week at a large rally in Portland, Oregon

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