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Government regulators want to know how exporting coal from Northwest ports could affect the environment. They are looking at several projects individually. A lot of people want them to conduct one big study. They want to know how the entire region would be affected if all the coal export terminals are built.

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Public officials are considering permits for coal export terminals in the Northwest.

Governmental agencies have begun the environmental review process for the largest proposed coal export terminal in the Northwest. It would be located near Bellingham, Washington. If it’s built the Gateway Pacific Terminal would draw trains from across the region, carrying coal from Wyoming and Montana to be exported to Asia.

And those trains would come through Seattle. That would lead to more traffic, according to a new report from the Seattle Department of Transportation. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

The Eugene City Council approved an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags. The vote Monday night also imposes a 5-cent minimum fee for paper bags at the check-out. KLCC’s Jes Burns reports.

The new law is intended to encourage the use of reusable bags at grocery and other retail establishments in Eugene. Councilors, with a tie breaking vote from Mayor Kitty Piercy, voted down an amendment that would have made the fee on paper bags optional. Councilor Alan Zalenka argued the change would not have created the same outcome.

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The Lane County Board of Commissioners decided not to vote yet on a resolution supporting a proposed coal export terminal in Coos Bay. Still, the board took public comment on the resolution from about two dozen people at their meeting Wednesday.

Governmental agencies announced Tuesday plans to conduct a joint environmental review of a proposed coal export facility near Longview, Wash.

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At a convention today Thursday, tribes from around the Northwest released a joint statement calling for a full environmental analysis of five proposed coal export terminals in Oregon and Washington.

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Oregon Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio tried to add an amendment requiring a study of the impacts of transporting coal by rail to the coal bill which passed the U.S. House of Representatives Friday. The Republican majority blocked the amendment.

The Lummi Tribal reservation lies to the North of Bellingham, very close to the proposed site of a large coal export terminal. On Friday the tribe is expected to announce their opposition to the facility.

Multnomah County Conducting Coal Train Study

Sep 10, 2012

Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen has ordered county officials to study the health impacts that coal exports could have on area residents. The county health department is expected to deliver its report next month.

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