Big coal terminal planned on Columbia River

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LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) -- A company that withdrew plans last year for a Columbia River terminal to ship 5.7 million tons of coal a year to Asia has come back with plans for a $600 million terminal at Longview to ship 44 million tons a year.

Millennium Bulk Terminals plans to use the former Reynolds Metals aluminum site to load bulk ships for Asia with trainloads of coal from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming.

The Daily News reports (http://is.gd/EZeK56 ) it would be the largest such coal terminal in North America.

Millennium filed paperwork Thursday with the Cowlitz County planning department. It also needs permits from the Corps of Engineers and clean air agencies.

Millennium CEO Ken Miller says it expects to complete an environmental study within two years.

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Information from: The Daily News, http://www.tdn.com