The community of Curtis Bay in Baltimore's South Side is suffering from coal dust pollution from the CSX coal export terminal nearby. Residents are concerned that with the increase of coal export activity, the facility's permit is not up to standards to protect the community.
This Wednesday, July 26, neighborhood citizens and members from the Sierra Club and Chesapeake Climate Action Network delivered comments about the main concerns of the people affected most by the coal dust that flows from the export terminal.
Among the most common concerns were that coal ash lands on top of people's swimming pools, on areas where their children play outdoors, and in the water where many people fish for food. With more coal flowing through the terminal, the amount of dust settling on people's property is increasing.
There ought to be stronger, more secure permitting regulations for the CSX coal export terminal. Not just for the well-being of the surrounding environment, but for the families and children who live there.