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Enviros appeal Longview coal-export approval

Ecotrope | Dec. 13, 2010 5:04 a.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:43 p.m.

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Environmental groups are challenging Cowlitz County's development permit approval that paves the way for a coal-export facility to set up shop at a private dock in Longview, Wash.

Environmental groups are challenging Cowlitz County's development permit approval that paves the way for a coal-export facility to set up shop at a private dock in Longview, Wash.

The Oregonian reports environmental groups are appealing the development permit approval for the Longview coal-export project.

The appeal, filed today with Washington’s Shorelines Hearing Board, and argues the Cowlitz County Commission granted the permit without considering the environmental impacts of burning the coal in China, increased coal mining and transporting the coal from the Powder River Basin to Longview and beyond.

As I noted in the news roundup, Sightline’s Daily Score blog has a discussion of how exporting coal from Wyoming and Montana through the Northwest makes economic sense, and why Longview is the perfect location for companies looking to save money on shipping the coal to China.

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