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Environmental Update

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As we’ve discussed on the show in the past, there are several proposed coal terminals in the Pacific Northwest. While the number of proposals has decreased slightly from six to five, this is still a hot topic with both staunch defenders and entrenched opposition. Proponents say the export terminals would generate revenue and help stimulate local economies. But environmental groups argue the emissions generated by the transport of coal and the coal itself wouldn’t be worth the economic benefits. Companies that mine coal in Wyoming and Montana are hoping these terminals move forward to help them meet the growing demand for coal in Asian markets.

We’ll also get the latest on another developing environmental story: dam removal on Washington’s Elwha river. Dam removal started last year. Now, salmon are starting to return to the river.


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