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Public Meeting Tuesday to Discuss Coal Exporting Terminal

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PASCO, Wash. - Several agencies will hold an open house Tuesday in Pasco to discuss the impact coal trains could have on our region. 

Millennium Bulk Terminals wants to build a coal exporting terminal in Longview, which could send several trains carrying coal through our area.    

Cowlitz County, the state Department of Ecology, and the Army Corps of Engineers are holding a series of community meetings to hear the public's concerns over the project.     

Some supporters say the terminal will boost the local economy, but opponents say the trains could bring health hazards, dust and water pollution.     

If you'd like to speak up about the issue, the state's third public open house will be from 4 to 8 Tuesday afternoon at the TRAC in Pasco. People who attend the meeting and hope to speak will enter their names into a lottery, organizers will then draw names to determine who can speak.     

The first two meetings were held in Longview and Spokane. The last two are scheduled for October 9th and 17th in Clark County and Tacoma, respectfully.