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Train Statement

Posted on 29th August 2013 at 15:55

St. Helens is joining Scappoose and Rainier in officially expressing concerns about the impacts that increased train traffic will have on the town and its citizens. The St. Helens Chronicle reports that the St. Helens City Council approved a resolution at their last meeting, urging federal agencies to consider the environmental, social and economic impacts that additional train traffic will have on their town. Among the things they’d like to have explored are things like public safety response delays, impacts from hauling hazardous materials, impacts to property values and commerce, along with public health, safety and general community welfare. Language in the resolution was changed, removing the reference to “unit trains,” and broadening the scope by talking about all train traffic. It’s currently planned that the Council will sign the resolution at its meeting on the 4th.