Health haz­ards of coal

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - OPINION - Ver­non Greene, Oak­land

Re­gard­ing “A sooty set­back” (Ed­i­to­rial, May 17): As a se­nior cit­i­zen who has COPD (chronic ob­struc­tive pul­monary dis­or­der), I am firmly against coal trains com­ing into and coal ship­ments go­ing out of the Port of Oak­land. Coal dust is, in­deed, a health hazard, and it will make it harder for both older and younger peo­ple to breathe. Isn’t our state com­mit­ted to com­bat­ting cli­mate change and pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions? The city of Oak­land should ap­peal the fed­eral judge’s rul­ing that would per­mit these haz­ardous coal ship­ments.

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