Company wants to revise US-Asia coal permit

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SEATTLE (AP) -- A company seeking to build a terminal in southwest Washington to ship U.S. coal to Asia says it has offered to revise its permit to remove controversial aspects involving coal.

Millennium Bulk Terminals issued a statement late Monday saying removing coal from the permit would allow it to move forward with dock repair and other work. The company says it would do a full environmental review of coal exporting and handling.

Environmentalists have appealed the shoreline permit to a state hearings board, and trial is set for April.

Gayle Riser, of Longview, says Millennium misled the community about how much coal would be exported and the case should go to trial. Opponents say they want the entire project to be analyzed together.