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Coal Impact Funds
Tue March 25, 2014
Can coal train impacts at rail crossings be mitigated?
Coal export-related rail traffic in Montana is rising and not expected to subside anytime soon. Pacific Northwest-bound train traffic can have impacts on communities, leaving some wondering why more can't be done to mitigate those inconveniences. In this interview with Edward O'Brien, Montana Coal Board member Tom Towe talks about the options available to Montana communities.
The Billings attorney is well-versed on the issue as he created the Montana Coal Tax, Montana Coal Tax Trust Fund and Coal Impact Fund some 3 decades ago: