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.

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