State seeks wide-ranging of all coal terminals in NW, including Cherry Point

Allison Roberts News

Coal terminals from Coos Bay, Ore., to Cherry Point will have combined impacts on the environment that require their own formal study, a state agency said.

The Washington Department of Ecology on Monday, May 7, requested a regional review of as many as six coal terminal projects that could be built in Washington and Oregon. The agency’s position came in a comment on an application for a coal export facility in Port of Morrow, Ore., south of Kennewick. Ecology asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take a “hard look” at combined impacts such as increased rail traffic, coal dust and diesel pollution.

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