Coal Terminal Gets Extensive Environmental Review

by | Feb 14, 2014

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Coal-freefoto-sept21Review of a coal export terminal in Washington will include global warming effects of burning the coal in Asia and the impacts of rail shipments.

State and local regulators said they would consider the sweeping environmental review of a proposed terminal along the Columbia River in Washington that would export millions of tons of coal to Asia, the Associated Press reports.

The nearly $650 million Millennium Bulk Terminals, near Longview, Wash., would ship coal mined in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming.

The decision is a victory for project opponents, who said the decision ensures that concerns over coal dust, greenhouse gas emissions and rail traffic are addressed.

Some national and local business and labor groups criticized the broad scope, saying “cradle to grave” permitting isn’t justified and would have a chilling effect on trade and economic development.

The study could take years. It’s required before many local, state and federal permits can be approved. The county and state are conducting one review, while the Army Corps of Engineers is doing a separate one.

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