A proposed coal export terminal on the lower Columbia River will be jointly reviewed by the Army Corps of Engineers, Washington’s Cowlitz County, and the state Department of Ecology.
But the corps has yet to announce whether it will take a regionwide approach and assess all five of the Northwest’s potential export terminals
The proposed Millenium coal export facility would be built by Ambre Energy, an Australian Company, and Arch Coal, which owns coal mines in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin.
The Millenium Bulk Terminal would be built at the site of the old Reynolds aluminum smelter. At full capacity it will be large enough to handle 44 million tons of coal per year.
The coal would arrive by train from the Powder River Basin and then be loaded on ships bound for Asia.
The two largest proposed coal export terminals in the Northwest are now in the early phases of the environmental review process.
There are five proposed coal export facilities under consideration in Washington and Oregon.
The Army Corps has yet to announce whether it will conduct a cumulative assessment of the region-wide impacts of the export facilities. That would include examining how multiple coal export facilities would affect train traffic, safety and human and environmental health across the region.
For now, the projects are being reviewed in isolation of one another.
Share your experiences as part of EarthFix's Public Insight Network.