Each coal railcar drops a pound of dust per mile, coating lungs, benches, and communities. With coal exports growing, those located along transit lines and hubs suffer the local impacts of the global industry.
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The Louisiana parish of Plaquemines is taking on a group of oil and gas giants including BP and Chevron for allegedly dumping toxic waste -- some of it radioactive -- from their drilling operations into its coastal waters, according to a lawsuit removed to federal court on Thursday.
Louisiana voters rejected a ballot initiative drafted by a legislator who wanted to divert about $1 million from library funds to the creation of a new jail because he didn’t want Mexicans to learn English.