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The core of the Expo ’74 site and the urban and wonderfully walkable heart of town are a joy to navigate. What a shame it would be to allow a conveyer belt of coal trains to pass though this lovely landscape and spoil the aesthetics of our merchants, families and homes.

We have done well with the Department of Ecology rules abating car exhaust downtown, and as individuals have contributed personal effort to help scrub our air through cleaner-running and more efficient cars. Why allow corporate citizens the right to foul our collective air basin with dirty coal from 20-trains-a-day commerce to the proposed Gateway Pacific terminal?

Please renew your commitment to clean air by either attending the Dec. 4 hearing on the issue, or by visiting Beyond Coal Spokane on the Web and commenting to the record.

Doug Leonetti



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