Battle over coal transports in Oakland

- The Oakland City Council has decided to delay any decision on a controversial plan that would have trainloads of coal enter the city.

A coalition of environmentalists, community leaders and faith groups rallied in front of City Hall, before the council meeting Tuesday night.

This coalition opposes building a new shipping terminal at the old Oakland Army Base, near the Bay Bridge.

They say it would handle materials, including coal mined in Utah, that would put the community at risk.

"We're against coal because coal dust pollution exacerbates asthma, and cancer and heart attack risk," said Michael Kaufman of the group, No Coal in Oakland.

City council members tell KTVU that the Mayor's office requested the delay.

The council was asked to put off a vote on hiring a consultant, to study the health and safety impacts of transporting coal.

The discussion is scheduled to pick up again in April.

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