Indpendent Experts Comment on Coal Export EIA

-- flawed, inadequate study; onus now on Port Authority to show how it will respond

These comments from independent air quality and health experts were solicited by the groups working together on the campaign to facilitate a response to the Port Authority's invitation for comment on the coal export EIA. The expert comments, along with others (on climate change, migratory birds, fisheries, aquatic and habitat impacts), can be found here.

Brief quotes from comments provided from the following experts are included in a three page summary found here.

  1. Professor Michael Brauer, School of public Health, UBC -- on the EIA's flawed assumptions about safe levels of exposure to carcinogens (particulate matter, diesel exhaust); on its failure to assess health impacts of noise exposure
  2. Professor Dan Jaffe, University of Washington -- on the EIA's flaws in air quality modeling
  3. Professor Melissa Ahern, Washington State University -- on its failure to properly model coal dust exposure, and a summary of coal dust health impacts
  4. Chris Carlsten MD, Chair, Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease, UBC -- on the EIA's unjustified assumptions about acceptable levels of community risk
  5. Robert Rattle, Consultant -- on its failure to adequately assess health impacts of noise exposure
  6. Tim Takaro, MD, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU -- on the EIA's failure to assess health impacts from exposure to coal dust control agents

Professor Brauer provides the most succinct summary critique when he says that he found "significant deficiencies, incorrect assumptions and superficial analysis in several aspects of the EIA." The onus is now on the Port Authority to show it will address these shortcomings and fulfil its mandate to act in the public interest. The Port's coal export EIA does not provide a sound basis for a decision on this project.