There's a whole lot of fear mongering going on relative to the coal trains that will be passing through Edmonds whether or not we approve of that activity.
"Coal dust" seems to be at the core of planned fear mongering.
There are those that are complaining about coal dust flying off of these trains and befouling the railroad right of way with imagined filth and some are concerned with air pollution contributing to breathing problems.
Both claims are a bunch of nonsense issued through either limited knowledge of the subject or actual distortions for whatever purpose I can't imagine.
The choice does not belong to Edmonds so it becomes wasted breath.