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EPA gives coal industry a victory in Oklahoma

June 18, 2018, 5:04pm Nation & World

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday approved the first state permit program for disposal of toxic ash from coal plants, a switch from federal oversight that the coal industry had sought. Read story

The Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview site on the Columbia River.

Coal company sues state over Millennium coal-export terminal

The Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview site on the Columbia River.

January 3, 2018, 3:43pm Business

SEATTLE — Developers of a massive coal-export terminal proposed on the Columbia River have sued the state of Washington over the project. Read story

Legacy contamination from the former Reynolds aluminum plant is being cleaned up now just off the dike at Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview site on the Columbia River. Work started late last month dredging up a two-foot-thick layer of normal, silted river bottom and the two-foot-thick layer of contaminated soils which the silt covered. Wednesday, a barge-mounted crane was refilling the hole with certified clean sand. Work will continue today. The contaminated area is located just downriver from Millennium’s dock, and near where the company discharges all the treated surface water collected on the site back into the Columbia. The yellow-sided barge in the foreground contains some of the contaminated soil dredged earlier.

Cowlitz County says coal permit should be approved, with conditions

Legacy contamination from the former Reynolds aluminum plant is being cleaned up now just off the dike at Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview site on the Columbia River. Work started late last month dredging up a two-foot-thick layer of normal, silted river bottom and the two-foot-thick layer of contaminated soils which the silt covered. Wednesday, a barge-mounted crane was refilling the hole with certified clean sand. Work will continue today. The contaminated area is located just downriver from Millennium’s dock, and near where the company discharges all the treated surface water collected on the site back into the Columbia. The yellow-sided barge in the foreground contains some of the contaminated soil dredged earlier.

November 2, 2017, 6:29pm Business

After years of studying the $680 million Millennium coal project, Cowlitz County is recommending approval of two shoreline permits as long as the company can meets 36 conditions meant to ease its environmental and social impacts. Read story

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2010, file photo, a mine employee stands in the entry of the Signal Peak Energy’s Bull Mountain mine in Roundup, Mont. Attorneys for the coal mine are due in court this week to press a judge to reverse an order they say would prompt dozens of layoffs by blocking the mine’s expansion plans. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy scheduled a Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 hearing in Missoula in the case involving the mine.

Owners of big Montana coal mine due in court as layoffs loom

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2010, file photo, a mine employee stands in the entry of the Signal Peak Energy’s Bull Mountain mine in Roundup, Mont. Attorneys for the coal mine are due in court this week to press a judge to reverse an order they say would prompt dozens of layoffs by blocking the mine’s expansion plans. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy scheduled a Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 hearing in Missoula in the case involving the mine.

October 30, 2017, 4:52pm Business

BILLINGS, Mont. — Attorneys for a large Montana coal mine are due in court this week to press a judge to reverse an order that could prompt dozens of layoffs by blocking the mine’s plans to expand. Read story

State rejects lease plans related to coal-export terminal

October 26, 2017, 11:14am Business

OLYMPIA — A state agency has rejected a request to use state-owned aquatic lands for a major coal-export terminal along the Columbia River. Read story

Millennium Bulk Logistics-Longview, a company owned by two coal producers, wants to build an operation in Longview to export 44 million metric tons of coal annually to Asia.

Coal-export terminal backer challenges state’s permit denial

Millennium Bulk Logistics-Longview, a company owned by two coal producers, wants to build an operation in Longview to export 44 million metric tons of coal annually to Asia.

October 24, 2017, 5:13pm Business

SEATTLE — A company proposing to build a large terminal in Washington state to export coal to Asia is challenging the state's decision to deny it a key permit. Read story

Millennium Bulk Logistics-Longview, a company owned by two coal producers, wants to build an operation in Longview to export 44 million metric tons of coal annually to Asia.

State denies key permit for Longview coal terminal

Millennium Bulk Logistics-Longview, a company owned by two coal producers, wants to build an operation in Longview to export 44 million metric tons of coal annually to Asia.

September 26, 2017, 10:38am Business

LONGVIEW — In a potentially fatal blow to Millennium Bulk Terminal’s proposed Longview coal export dock, the state Department of Ecology has denied a water quality permit for the project, concluding that it would cause unavoidable harm to the environment. Read story

The Colstrip Steam Electric Station in Colstrip, Mont.

Operator of Coalstrip coal plant will keep running it

The Colstrip Steam Electric Station in Colstrip, Mont.

August 9, 2017, 4:35pm Business

BILLINGS, Mont. — The operator of one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the Western U.S. plans to keep running the 2,100-megawatt plant, a spokesman said Wednesday, in an abrupt reversal from its declaration last year that a new operator would be needed by mid-2018. Read story

Indian women pick reusable pieces from heaps of used coal discarded by a carbon factory in Gauhati, India.

Coal on the rise in China, U.S. and India

Indian women pick reusable pieces from heaps of used coal discarded by a carbon factory in Gauhati, India.

July 2, 2017, 6:05am Business

BEIJING — The world’s biggest coal users — China, the United States and India — have boosted coal mining in 2017, in an abrupt departure from last year’s record global decline for the heavily polluting fuel and a setback to efforts to rein in climate change emissions. Read story

Supporters on both sides of the coal export issue attend a Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview Environmental Impact Statement Scoping meeting at the Clark County Fairgrounds Event Center in 2013.

Millennium Bulk Terminal lands pretrial win in court

Supporters on both sides of the coal export issue attend a Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview Environmental Impact Statement Scoping meeting at the Clark County Fairgrounds Event Center in 2013.

June 1, 2017, 4:36pm Business

LONGVIEW — A Cowlitz County judge handed Millennium Bulk Terminals and Northwest Alloys a small early win Wednesday in its challenge to the state’s denial of an aquatic lands lease for the proposed Longview coal dock. Read story