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Using Washington's Railways to Export Coal Could Boost Economy

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PASCO, Wash. - The Washington Research Council says using the state's railways to export coal could give the economy a big boost.

Council President Richard Davis spoke at a luncheon with local agriculture leaders Thursday, touching on the benefits of Washington's railways. He says the state is highly trade-dependent and relies on rail transportation.

So, if plans move forward to build a new deep-water port near Bellingham to export coal, thousands more jobs would be created.

"Spur rail investment that would benefit all sectors of the economy, and create jobs, basically what we need to do is allow this development to happen without unnecessary public policy impediments," said WA Research Council President, Richard Davis.

Davis says the coal dust issue is not a concern because the coal is treated at the mine to eliminate the dust.

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