Coal Has Big Impacts in Washington
The coal routes begin in Wyoming and Montana because these are the biggest coal manufacturers in the United States. All these routes run through Washington. These routes start in spokane and then lead down to Yakima, splitting off and running Seattle. From Seattle it goes into Puget Sound and leads to a dock. From Yakima it leads south and into the Columbia Gorge. Some coal train owners include SS Marine and Arch Coal Peabody Energy.
The coal train industry effects many people. The trains employ 100-4000 people depending on the incorporation. Ranching and agricultural are affected by the tracks that run through their property by a 5-7% property value drop. Damage to the water supply is caused by mining. Each coal car loses 500 pounds to one ton of coal en route.
Toxin that comes from coal ash and seeps into water is a proven problem. Arsenic, cadmium, barium, chromium, selenium, lead, and mercury exposure causes many health problems. Coal trains also have a large derailment history.The state benefits from the taxes that it receives yearlong. It also stimulates trade with Asia, because of the large deportation of goods. This causes efficient import and export which can help agricultural purposes. #WAKYG2015 #coaltrn