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How Coal Trains Would Unload In Longview

Ecotrope | June 19, 2012 1:56 a.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:31 p.m.

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Millennium Bulk Terminals President and CEO Ken Miller gave a presentation to the Longview-Kelso Rotary Club last month that included a video of some dust suppression technology the company plans to use at its proposed coal export terminal.

Millennium plans to unload coal cars coming into the Longview site using a rotary dumper that flips the cars over to dump out the coal. To control dust that would fly out during the dumping process, Miller said, the facility will have water jets that spray down the dust.

I asked company spokesman Aaron Toso if I could share the video, and he said he couldn’t share that one but that these two videos should give you an idea of what the operation would look like. The first, above, shows a rotary dumper flipping coal trains over one by one. The second, below, shows how the jets would spray down coal dust. Go to the last section of the video to see that part, around 2:24.

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