LONGVIEW, WA --Coal supporters and opponents showed up at the Cowlitz Expo Center Tuesday to tell state and federal authorities what they think of a proposed Southwest Washington coal terminal.
Millennium Bulk Terminals wants to build a $600-million coal export facility at the Port of Longview on the Columbia River. If built, the terminal would move up to 44 million tons of coal a year from Montana and Wyoming via railcar and export it to Asia.
“My neighbors and I breathe toxic air from the pulp and paper mills at our doorstep,” said opponent Dawn Hanson. “We don’t want to also breathe coal dust laced with mercury arsenic and lead.”
Wendy Hutchinson is VP of Public Affairs for Millennium Bulk Terminals.
“We just want a fair review process,” said Hutchinson. “We want it to be thorough and to answer all the public’s questions and the regulator’s questions.”
Officials expect to hear from many more people as the comment period continues Tuesday evening.