Cherry Point proposed coal export terminal
To ensure that the "best science available" is utilized to determine these impacts a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) must be done.
A team of the Pacific Northwest's leading public health researchers, led by Dr. Melissa Ahern of Washington State University, has put forward just such a study. WSU scientists will collaborate with experts at UW School of Public Health and Oregon Public Health Institute. The proposed HIA will analyze the comprehensive health impacts of the GPT at the Cherry Point terminal site, and the cumulative impacts along the entire transportation corridor from the Powder River Basin to Whatcom County and other proposed ports. It is entitled "Proposed Regional Strategic Health Impact Assessment (HIA): Potential Impacts Related to Multiple Proposed Coal Export Terminals in Washington and Oregon"
This HIA study is being supported by the PEW Charitable Trust, which has provided $150,000 contingent upon additional funding to be raised by the affected communities. The cities of Seattle, Spokane, Edmonds, Marysville and Sumner, as well as Multnomah and King Counties, have collectively contributed an additional $100,000. The total cost of the HIA will be $300,000, thus $50,000 still needs to be raised. The final application is due May 31st, 2013, leaving only 12 days to raise these funds.
An independent and comprehensive Health Impact Assessment for the proposed coal terminals is absolutely critical to help guide our communities and decision-makers as we move forward. Who better to help fund this than the community that needs the information?
Whatcom Community Foundation has opened a fund where donations can be sent. The donations are 100% tax deductible and you will receive a letter of acknowledgement from the Foundation for your tax purposes.
We can do this with everyone chipping in a small amount! If 2,000 people each donate $25, we will completely fund the remainder of the study.
Please consider donating $15, $25, $50 or $100! Or more if you can!
Here's how to send your TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION (2 options):
1. Write a check to "Whatcom Community Foundation". In the Memo line of bottom left write: "Coal Export Health Study" Send to: Whatcom Community Foundation, 119 Grand Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225 You will receive a letter of acknowledgement for tax purposes.
2. On-line: Go to http://www.whatcomcf.org Click on the GREEN "Make a Donation" tab. Then click the RED "Donate" Tab. At the bottom, under Credit Card information, type "Coal Export Health Study" in the Special Instructions box. That will ensure your donation gets to the right fund. You will receive a letter of acknowledgement for tax purposes
Please be part of this great effort! Forward to your friends!
Public Statement to Whatcom County Planning Commission ~ made at meeting considering adoption of a new experimental Low Impact Development Program, December 8, 2011
Based on the high level of anxiety expressed at the pre-scoping meeting about the ability of the public to get information about the project, access to the web sites and clear parameters on the information should be a first priority.
It is the League's position that a well thought out public process will be beneficial in that it allows the public to focus on the project itself, not on the process.
In light of budget constraints and the fact that a project this size would overwhelm any local planning department, it is the League's positiion that the cost of making the details of this project public, should be borne by the applicant.