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Panel to finalize Longview coal terminal recommendations

By Associated Press
Published: October 11, 2018, 8:52am

LONGVIEW — A public health committee will meet to finalize its recommendations for the proposed Longview coal export terminal along the Columbia River.

The Daily News reports the recommendations to be considered Friday regarding Millennium Bulk Terminal’s planned project are based on findings from the Health Impact Assessment released in September.

The report found there would likely be an increase in the number and severity of some types of diseases related to diesel emissions from locomotives, vessels and equipment. It also highlights other effects on health, noise, the economy, recreation and the environment. The study, recommendations and appendices can be viewed on the county’s website.

Environmentalists, tribes and others have opposed the project of concerns about global warming, pollution and potential damage to fisheries on the river.

Businesses, some labor groups and other supporters say the project would create jobs.

The day-long meeting will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the Cowlitz County Expo Center, 1900 Seventh Ave., Longview. The meeting will include two public comment periods, which will likely be at 9 a.m. and 3:10 p.m., according to meeting documents.