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Next Hot Topics Webinar: The Toll of Coal

In the November 2012 Hot Topics, Dr. Steven Gilbert reviews coal’s life cycle and discusses how it adversely influences human and environmental health.

In the November 2012 Hot Topics, Dr. Steven Gilbert reviews coal’s life cycle and discusses how it adversely influences human and environmental health.

October 26, 2012

Communities throughout the northwest are considering proposals to build coal export facilities in their towns. These facilities are part of a regional infrastructure to ship millions of tons of coal from Montana and Wyoming, through Idaho, and into ports in Oregon and Washington. If built, these projects will have major impacts on human health, state and local economies, environmental sustainability, and quality of life in the region.

In the November Hot Topics, Dr. Steven Gilbert, Director, Institute of Neurotoxicology & Neurological Disorders and Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington, will review coal’s life cycle and discuss how the mining, transportation, burning, and waste management of it adversely influences human and environmental health. Exposure to coal dust is associated with exacerbated asthma, stunted lung development, increased risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, and increased mortality among infants and young children. The burning of coal is also responsible for half of all industrial air pollution and contributes 80% of all green house gas emissions in the United States.

During the session, Dr. Gilbert will also discuss the neighborhood impacts of coal trains including: increased traffic, noise pollution, risk of vehicle and pedestrian injuries, potential delays in emergency response, and how communities are organizing around these issues.

Register now and learn how to get involved in the regional effort to protect health and ensure environmental sustainability.

The Health Impacts of Coal Export in the Northwest

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2012, noon to 1:00 p.m. (PT)

Target Audiences

  • Local and state public health practitioners
  • Public health nurses
  • Concerned community members living near coal routes, terminals, or coal fired power plants
  • Anyone concerned about children’s health and sustainability


Presenter
Steven G. Gilbert
, PhD, DABT, Director and Founder of the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (INND), has a Ph.D. in toxicology and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology.  He is an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington. Dr. Gilbert’s research has focused on neurobehavioral effects of low-level exposure to lead and mercury on the developing nervous system. His book, A Small Dose of Toxicology- The Health Effects of Common Chemicals was published in 2004 and the 2nd edition is available for free as an E-book (www.asmalldoseof.org) by Healthy World Press.  He started the wiki based web site Toxipedia (www.toxipedia.org) which includes a suite of sites that put scientific information in the context of history, society, and culture.

Related Resources
Coal Train Facts
Physicians for Social Responsibility

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