NEWS: Mayor Wants To Ban Coal Shipments In Oakland

CBS SF Bay Area
June 27, 2016

OAKLAND (CBS SF & AP) – Hours before a key city council vote, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf unveiled an amendment to the city code Monday that would ban the rail transportation of coal within the city limits.

It wasn’t just the transportation of coal that would banned by the proposed legislation, but also the transloading, handling and storage of coal and petroleum coke at bulk material facilities or terminals throughout Oakland.

“I am firmly committed to adopting the strongest health and safety protections allowed by law,” Schaaf said in a news release. “As passionate stewards of the environment who are committed to equity, Oaklanders know that it’s a false choice to say we have to pick between jobs and this community’s health and safety. We can, and we will do both.”

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