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First Hearing on Proposed Longview Coal Terminal

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UPDATE/ LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) - About 80 speakers have testified at a public hearing on a proposed coal terminal near Longview, Wash. The majority of them have been Cowlitz County residents wearing red anti-coal T-shirts.
    
At an initial hearing session Tuesday afternoon, speakers urged regulators to conduct an extensive environmental review of the $643 million project that Millennium Bulk Terminals wants to build.
    
Millennium employees and supporters wore blue. They said the proposed rail dock can handle coal safely and cleanly and the project will create jobs.
    
Environmental groups and others are concerned about dust and traffic congestion locally and the effect of burning coal globally.
    
Ambre Energy wants to ship coal from Montana and Wyoming to markets in Asia. Four other hearings on the Longview project are planned in the next month.
    
Two other Northwest coal export terminals are under consideration - another rail terminal near Bellingham and a barge terminal on the Columbia River near Clatskanie, Ore.

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LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) - Speakers passionate about new jobs or the environment were ready to face off Tuesday in Longview in the first public hearing on a proposed coal export terminal.
    
The $643 million Millennium Bulk Terminals rail dock is supported by business and labor interests who favor the benefits of trade. It's opposed by environmental groups who are concerned about dust and traffic congestion locally and the effect of burning coal globally.
    
Ambre Energy wants to ship coal from Montana and Wyoming to markets in Asia. Four other hearings on the Longview project will be held in the next month at Spokane, Pasco, Vancouver and Tacoma.
    
Two other coal export terminals are under consideration in the Northwest - another rail terminal near Bellingham and a barge terminal on the Columbia River near Clatskanie.

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