Army Corps of Engineers shoots down collective coal reviews

The Army Corps made the announcement that it wouldn't review all three Northwest coal proposals collectively at a hearing in Washington, D.C. Tuesday.

The Army Corps made the announcement that it wouldn't review all three Northwest coal proposals collectively at a hearing in Washington, D.C. Tuesday.

The Army Corps of Engineers has rejected a call for an area-wide review of all proposed Northwest coal terminals.

Coal opponents had wanted the Corps to collectively examine environmental impacts from three proposed export facilities in Washington and Oregon because they’d felt doing so would better gauge cumulative effects from coal dust in the area’s waterways and in communities.

Jennifer Moyer, the Corps acting chief for regulatory programs, said the federal agency wouldn’t conduct an area-wide review of the proposed coal export terminals in Washington and Oregon.

Opponents said more than 500 businesses called for a full area-wide review of the proposals. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber joined Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in demanding more federal reviews of coal export effects before any projects are approved.

There are currently active coal export proposals near Bellingham, Wash. and Longview and, in the Port of Morrow proposal, near Boardman.

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