Clarification: Coal Dust topic to be raised during Public Comment session AFTER formal agenda tonight
April 28, 2015 by Dave
With questions remaining over what might happen at today’s City Council meeting regarding the “fugitive coal dust” issue, Paige Rose spoke with Joe Cooke about what he (now) expects to happen this evening. Her update follows:
Clarification: Coal Dust topic to be raised during the Public Comment session, at discretion of Council, AFTER formal agenda tonight
Mr. Joe Cooke, Larchmont resident, Sierra Club Chesapeake Bay chapter chair and head of the citizen action group promoting coal dust control measures to be taken by Norfolk Southern, has clarified that the coal dust topic is NOT on the formal agenda for tonight’s City Council meeting.
There WILL be a Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) topic discussed at the Councils work session this afternoon (which takes place prior to the formal CC meeting), which is closed to public comments.
After Council’s formal agenda tonight, there will be a Public Comment session, at the discretion of the Council, when Mr. Cooke hopes to advise Council on the results of a recent coal dust lab study and urge Council to vote to prioritize approval for Councilmember Smeigel’s resolution for additional coal dust mitigation measures at the local Norfolk Southern coal depot site. Please see the resolution below.
Concerned or interested residents may speak tonight at this Public Comment session, at Council’s discretion, held immediately following the formal City Council meeting.
*Please note this scheduling clarification, if you had planned to attend and speak at the City Council meeting tonight.