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Public To Weigh In On Longview Coal Export Terminal

OPB | Aug. 9, 2013 3:52 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 12, 2013 10:33 a.m.

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Katie Campbell

The public comment period for a proposed coal export terminal near Longview starts next week. The agencies overseeing the permitting process for the Millennium Bulk Terminal are asking the public to tell them what should be considered in the environmental review of the terminal.

The coal terminal would be built along the Columbia River in Cowlitz county, with the capacity to export 44 million tons of Powder River Basin coal each year. It’s the second largest coal export terminal proposed for Washington.

The coal would arrive by train and then be loaded onto ships bound for the Asian market.

The public can submit comments online or by mail and email any time between August 16th and November 18th.

The first public meeting will be held at the Cowlitz Expo Center in Longview on September 17th.

State and federal agencies have also begun the environmental review of the Gateway Pacific Terminal, which is proposed to be built near Bellingham.

For more on this and other coal stories, visit EarthFix.

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