NEWS: Oakland proposes ban on coal handling — potentially derailing Utah port investment

Brian Maffly
Salt Lake Tribune
June 24, 2016

Citing potential impacts of coal dust on public health and safety, Oakland city staffers are recommending that elected leaders of this Bay Area city ban coal storage, effectively derailing Utah’s hopes of moving its coal through an export terminal proposed for a deep-water port under development on city-owned property.

The Oakland City Council is holding a special meeting Monday evening to discuss a 200-page report prepared by an outside consultant and consider a proposed ordinance prohibiting the handling and storage of coal and coke in Oakland, the busy port city between Berkeley and Hayward.

The proposed ordinance targets the Oakland Bulk and Oversize Terminal (OBOT), a project that coal-producing Utah counties seek to invest in as a way to secure throughput capacity for Utah commodities — which they say could also include potash, salt and alfalfa.

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