Keep Camas-Washougal lovely
I’ve heard lots lately about the additional trainloads of coal slated to pass through the Camas-Washougal area soon.
Blowing coal dust is a dangerous by-product of this transit and it sounds as though BNSF is planning to mitigate its effects by spraying the coal with a “topper” agent. This agent has been of dubious value when used in Australia. I hope it works here, and I hope that someone will also address the huge amount of diesel pollution produced by an additional 20-plus trains per day as well as the tail-pipe emissions from cars waiting for trains that are over a mile long.
Trains are noisy, can be dangerous, and will lower our property values just as we are struggling to emerge from this terrible recession. I don’t think they will raise the quality of life here or bring us any jobs. In addition, coal trains might discourage new business from locating here because of the projected traffic congestion, and this congestion might harm established businesses.
This proposal is not in our area’s or Southwest Washington’s best interests by any measure. Camas and Washougal are lovely places to live; let’s keep them that way.
Diana Gordon, Washougal
Help protect the Camas community
We would like to commend Camas Mayor Scott Higgins and the City Council for their continued support of the growth and vibrancy of downtown businesses and for ensuring a high quality of life for the residents of Camas.