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Oakland confirms coal terminal ban with final council vote

The Oakland City Council has confirmed its ban of a plannedcoal export terminal with a final vote.

The city had previously voted unanimously against the project supported by Utahcoal producers after city staff releaseda report recommending the prohibition of coal and coke storage and handlingwithin the city.

The final vote on July 19 confirms this previous decision.

Brittany King of the Sierra Club Bay Chaptersaid that the vote represented the voices of more than 500 people who testifiedat council hearings about the public health and safety risks that the terminalcould create.

"Over the past year, thousands of peoplehave contacted the city council to say no to coal in Oakland," she said. "Peoplefrom all different struggles came together in this campaign — the faithcommunity, racial justice activists, Oakland's anti-displacement movement,students, teachers, health workers, the labor movement, and the environmentalmovement all worked together to protect the Oakland community."

Terminal Logistics Solutions, a companylinked to the project, did not respond to a request for comment.