Coal-ex­port­ing ter­mi­nal is bad


Dear Res­i­dents of Utah: The Utah Leg­is­la­ture has fast-tracked a bill to Gover­nor Gary Her­bert that al­lo­cates $53 mil­lion dol­lars of tax­payer funds to finance a pro­posed coal-ex­port ter­mi­nal in West Oak­land, Calif. I am writ­ing to beg the tax­pay­ers and res­i­dents of Utah to con­tact Gover­nor Her­bert to stop the coal-ex­port ter­mi­nal.

About 25,000 peo­ple live in West Oak­land. The pop­u­la­tion is about 39 per­cent Black and 13 per­cent His­panic. About 31 per­cent of West Oak­land res­i­dents live be­low the poverty level. The Port of Oak­land is re­spon­si­ble for a sig­nif­i­cant amount of air pol­lu­tion and a coal-ex­port­ing op­er­a­tion will make West Oak­land’s pol­lu­tion even worse.

There are el­e­men­tary schools in West Oak­land in which chil­dren “park” their asthma in­halers in boxes upon en­ter­ing the class­room. The preva­lence of asthma among the chil­dren of West Oak­land is so high that the com­mu­nity pe­ti­tioned the Port of Oak­land, phil­an­thropic or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­di­vid­u­als to pur­chase a Breath­mo­bile.

The Breath­mo­bile is a gut­ted-out bus that trav­els to el­e­men­tary schools in West Oak­land to pro­vide asthma screen­ing and treat­ment. Ac­cord­ing to the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for the Breath­mo­bile, one out of three adults in West Oak­land – and one out of five kids – has asthma. Asthma is among the causes for chil­dren be­ing ab­sent from school.

Our West Oak­land neigh­bor­hood has many for­mi­da­ble chal­lenges. What we don’t need is an­other threat to our health!

Please call Gover­nor Her­bert at 801538-1000 and ask him to stop the coal-ex­port ter­mi­nal in West Oak­land, Calif. Thank you.

Al­freda Wright Oak­land, Calif.

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