Letter: Asia's problems with coal will come home eventually

July 14, 2013 

In the June 24 Herald, the talk was about moving coal by rail from Montana to Boardman, Ore., to Longview and then to Asia.

With all the EPA standards that we have and the concerns about coal dust in the air for people to breathe and water where fish live, it seems a little funny to be asking PGE and others to shut down their coal-fired boilers because they are too dirty for our enviorment and then send this coal to Asia to burn in their factories and energy-producing facilities and then send the products back to us because they can produce them cheaper than we can.

But with dirty air and water pollution, is this really better for our health? Doesn't that same air and water end up here in the United States eventually?

JIM NELSON, West Richland

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