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Sunday, October 1, 2023
Oct. 1, 2023

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Coal terminal hearing in Spokane draws hundreds


SPOKANE — Hundreds of people packed into a convention center in Spokane to give their opinion on a proposed coal export terminal that would bring more than a dozen additional trains through the city every day.

KXLY-TV reports that the terminal proposed near Longview would allow the state to ship coal to Asia. It would also mean 16 additional coal trains going through Spokane daily on their way to or from Montana, Wyoming and other states.

The Washington Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County last month released a draft environmental review that found the proposal along the Columbia River could have some unavoidable, significant impacts on greenhouse gases emissions, vessel traffic and rail safety.

Regulators are taking comments on the $680 million Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview project through June 13.