Meetings are planned today in Portland and at the Blue Mountain Community College campus in Hermiston, where the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality plans to take public comment on draft air quality, storm water and water quality permits for the proposed Coyote Island coal export terminal in Boardman. This would be the eastern end of the coal export project proposed by Ambre Energy of Australia. The western end of the project would be at Port Westward near Clatskanie, where the coal would be transferred from barges to ships that would transport the coal overseas. Because of the huge numbers of people anticipated, DEQ has required people to register in advance for the day-long hearings, to try and minimize the waiting times for those who want to present comments. They also say that this system will insure that the people involved will actually get a chance to speak, rather than having to travel many miles and wait several hours, then to get shut out of the opportunity. Today’s hearings run from 8 am until 8 pm at BMCC and at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, broken up into two-hour sessions. Get more information from the Oregon DEQ website.