Oregon agency rejects coal terminal on Columbia River

first_imgMillennium Bulk Terminals-Longview, owned by Ambre Energy and Arch Coal Inc., wants to export up to 44 million metric tons of coal annually to Asia.In a statement emailed Monday to The Columbian, Wendy Hutchinson, vice president of public affairs for Millennium, said the decision by Oregon’s Department of State Lands to deny Ambre’s proposed coal-export operation in that state does not “have any impact on our permitting process here in Washington.” She also said the environmental review of Millennium’s proposal is moving forward and that “we expect a draft environmental impact statement around this time next year.”PORTLAND, — Oregon state regulators rejected a proposal for a coal terminal on the Columbia River that would be a conduit for exporting millions of tons of American coal a year to Asia.The decision is a victory for tribal groups that said the terminal threatened their fishing and environmentalists opposed to sending what they call “dirty coal” abroad.In denying an important permit, the Department of State Lands said Monday that the terminal would interfere with what regulators called “a small but important and long-standing fishery in the state’s waters.”last_img

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