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Crowds pack first public hearing over Longview coal terminal

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The first of three public hearings addressing a proposed coal terminal in Longview, which would be the largest on the West coast, saw huge crowds coming out to speak for and against the plan. (KPTV) The first of three public hearings addressing a proposed coal terminal in Longview, which would be the largest on the West coast, saw huge crowds coming out to speak for and against the plan. (KPTV)
LONGVIEW, WA (KPTV) -

The largest coal export terminal in North America could be built in Longview, Washington, and more than a thousand people showed up to the first public hearing for the project.

Tuesday’s meeting was the first of three public hearings for people to weigh in on a proposed coal export terminal.

Washington State, Cowlitz County and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are considering the proposal, which comes from Millennium Bulk Logistics.

Millennium CEO Bill Chapman said he knows there is support in Longview, especially for the more than 2,600 jobs he claims the terminal would create.

“The support in Longview is huge,” he said. “We're pleased with the focus we get from Longview leaders on helping us solve unemployment with a quality job and a quality environment.”

The Washington Department of Ecology did a study on the terminal, and reported that if built, it would increase train traffic by 16 trains per day, which in turn would cause an increase in coal dust and pollution.

They also said the project would increase greenhouse gas emissions by almost 40 million metric tons, which is the equivalent of adding 8 million cars to the road or 5 coal-fired power plants.

State agencies recently denied the coal industry permits for two other export terminals in Washington.

The comment period closes Monday, June 13.

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