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Coal Review

Posted on 1st August 2013 at 16:04

Backers of the proposed Millennium Bulk coal terminal at the old Reynolds Metals plant in Longview are taking a long, hard look at the latest announcement from the Department of Ecology, as the agency announces that an in-depth environmental review will be done for a similar facility that’s proposed for Cherry Point near Bellingham. It’s reported that this environmental review is “unprecedented” in scope, and will require an analysis of rail transportation impacts, both inside and outside the state of Washington. Ecology will do an assessment of how the project will affect human health in the state, cargo ship impacts beyond Washington waters, and an “evaluation and disclosure of greenhouse gas emissions of end-use coal combustion.” Opponents of the terminals say that the comprehensive review is a good thing, while supporters say that this intensive examination will stifle international trade, a mainstay of the Washington economy. It’s also noted that these types of reviews are done on a case-by-case basis, and it doesn’t mean that the Millennium project will get the same treatment. It’s estimated that this comprehensive Environmental Impact State will take about two years to complete.