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The Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) endorsed a motion regarding the transfer of coal to TexadaB92 Environmental Assessments for Thermal Coal Transport Sunshine Coast RD
WHEREAS assessment studies provided to Port Metro Vancouver have not assessed the environmental or health impacts related to the release of thermal coal dust during barge transfer and transport over coastal waters between the Port of Metro Vancouver and Texada Island;
AND WHEREAS there is currently no mechanism that provides oversight or ensures the implementation of mitigation measures to minimize environmental and health impacts of thermal coal transport over coastal waters and by rail:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that a comprehensive environmental and health impact assessment for the shipment of thermal coal over coastal waters and by rail be conducted;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that an appropriate federal and/or provincial agency be named to monitor barge transfer and transport of thermal coal over coastal waters and by rail to ensure oversight and implementation of environmental and health protection measures.