Update on John Henry coal mine in Auburn, WA

While Dept. of Ecology has not YET issued a draft permit, following is some good info and actions if appropriate!

NO COAL MINE KING COUNTYResist the John Henry No. 1 Coal Mine

Washington currently has NO active coal mines.

Let’s keep it that way.

In 2018, the Pacific Coast Coal Company (PCCC) was granted a federal permit to resume mining at the John Henry No. 1 mine, right outside of Black Diamond, WA. The federal permit was granted with minimal environmental review and a finding of “No Significant Impact” on the environment, despite it being directly located in the Green River Watershed and the known impact of coal on climate and public health.

PCCC only needs a few more permits to recommence mining at the site, which has been dormant since 1999. If the mine reopens, it will be the only active coal mine in Washington State and will pose major environmental and health risks to residents.

No coal mine in King County!

Local officials have spoken out against the coal mine, including the Black Diamond City Council and County Executive Dow Constantine. Now it’s time for residents to speak up to protect our communities, environment, climate, and salmon from the harmful impacts of coal mining1​ ​.

Quick Facts:

  • ●  Water: ​Wastewater from the mine would pollute local waterways in the Green River Watershed, including Lake Sawyer – the fourth largest natural lake in King County – and downriver salmon spawning and rearing habitat.​ Lake Sawyer is already subject to a pollution cleanup plan.
  • ●  Health: ​Min​ing operations would cause ​air pollution and coal dust which is particularly concerning for Black Diamond Elementary School children who are located just 2,000 feet away from the mine site.
  • ●  Climate:​ Resuming mine operations would produce over 240,000 tons of carbon pollution per year, the equivalent of adding 51,000 additional cars to our roads.The mine’s total emissions over six years of operation would reach around 2% of the total annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in King County2, a major step backwards for King County and Washington state’s climate change goals.
  • ●  Local Environment​: Daily trucks carrying coal through Black Diamond will cause noise and damage to roads, a nuisance and potential taxpayer cost.


Take Action!

Together we can keep Washington state free of coal mining and ensure

communities are protected from the hazards of this dirty fossil fuel.

Here’s how to get involved:

  1. Join our action listserv. ​Email ​info@350Eastside.org​ to be added to the John Henry Mine listserv and receive updates on the mine.
  2. Contact your County Councilmember. ​Contact your County Councilmember today and let them know you want them to do everything in their power to stop the mine from reopening. You can find your County District and County Councilmember’s contact info here: ​https://bit.ly/2D8VREh
  3. Contact King County Executive. ​County Executive Dow Constantine has spoken out strongly against the mine. Call him to urge him to take action to stop the mine and protect King County communities from the environmental and health impacts of coal mining. Contact Executive Constantine at 206-263-9600 orkcexec@kingcounty.gov​.
  4. Sign up for alerts from the Department of Ecology.​ To be notified directly when the draft wastewater permit for the mine is released and the comment period begins, email Tricia Miller at ​nwropccc@ecy.wa.gov​ and ask to receive notifications on the John Henry Coal Mine.
  5. Reach out to friends in southeastern King County. ​Live in Black Diamond or the nearby area, or know folks who do? If they are interested in getting involved, show them this flyer and tell them to email ​info@350Eastside.org​ to get connected!


1. Sightline Institute report, June 20, 2017. “Northwest Targets: Communities Threatened by Oil, Coal, and Gas.” ​https://bit.ly/2KtlOTG

2. Seattle Weekly article, May 25, 2018. “Plans to open King County Coal Mine Later this Year Move Forward.” ​https://bit.ly/2XwJj1K

3. Seattle Times article, November 10, 2017. “Small Potatoes or Climate Catastrophe? Company Wants to Restart Coal Mining in King County.” ​https://bit.ly/2BxYo7K

Surprising results!



Our supermarket plastic rankings are finally here. The results are not pretty.

Every single major supermarket has FAILED.

You heard me right. Our new investigation shows that 20 major supermarkets are failing to adequately address the growing plastic pollution crisis.

Honestly, I feel betrayed. Grocery stores are part of our everyday lives — we go every week. But the corporate executives that run these chains are not looking out for my family or this planet. Products are packaged and bagged in absurd amounts of plastic that trash our communities and oceans.

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It’s time for the next steps: help us show the world that no supermarket is off the hook when it comes to plastic waste.

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You deserve bold solutions that allow you to shop for your family without worrying about plastic waste polluting our communities and choking ocean wildlife. If you’re looking to avoid plastic in your personal life, I hope these rankings help show you which supermarkets are starting to improve and which are actively blocking progress.

But more than individual choices are necessary to stop the flow of plastic into our oceans and ecosystems —  we need to hold the corporations producing and selling this polluting packaging accountable. Supermarkets must also make a choice: make bold commitments to ditch single-use plastic, or lose customers like you.

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The climate crisis we’re up against can’t be overstated, and yet, for some reason, fossil fuel CEOs and many of our elected officials remain dedicated to the status quo.

They keep saying ‘it will cost too much’ (which is weird given that climate inaction is way more expensive.)

So on June 25th, we’re teaming up with Rainforest Action Network for a webcast to explore some vital questions on money, energy, and climate.

On June 25th at 10am Pacific (1pm Eastern), we’ll be asking:

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