Around 800 people turned out for a coal export project hearing in Ridgefield, Washington Wednesday.
The state Department of Ecology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are taking public comments on the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export proposal in Longview. The hearings are designed t o help the agencies determine which environmental impacts to consider in the permitting process for the project. Carly Marshall of Camas, Washington, attended the hearing to ask the agencies to consider the impacts of trains going by her family's house.
Marshall: "I'm going to tell them to consider all the communities along the railroad – not just Longview where the terminal is proposed to be built."
Project advocates asked the agencies to limit their environmental reviews to the Longview community. Supporters and opponents held rallies during a break in the hearing. Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart spoke against the project and Washington State Representative Liz Pike spoke in favor.
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