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March 7th, 2017: Today we took steps to defend the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) against a lawsuit by backers of the nation’s largest coal export terminal. Millennium sued DNR after DNR refused to lease state land needed to build and operate a 44 million ton per year coal export terminal along the Columbia River.



Conservation Groups Intervene to Defend Washington State Against Coal Exporter’s Lawsuit »

March 7th, 2017: Columbia Riverkeeper, Washington Environmental Council, and Sierra Club took steps today to defend the Washington Department of Natural Resources against a high-profile lawsuit filed by backers of the nation’s largest coal export terminal. On February 2, 2017, Millennium Bulk Logistics and NW Alloys, a subsidiary of Alcoa, sued the Washington Department of Natural Resources after the department denied a key lease needed for Millennium to operate a proposed 44 million ton per year coal export terminal along the Columbia River.



Act Now: A permit to pollute? No thank you. »

November 16th, 2016: Proposed coal exporter Millennium Bulk Terminals won’t get the hint. Help us flood the Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with comments to protect our water from dirty coal export. Please submit your comment today!



BNSF Railway Required to Address Coal Train Pollution »

November 16th, 2016: "We are pleased that BNSF will seek to cover its dirty coal trains and clean up the pollution they've already spilled. It’s the simple solution.The railroad is not above the law." -Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director of Columbia Riverkeeper



Court Rules that Coal Dust Case Should Go to Trial »

October 27th, 2016: On Oct. 25, 2016, a federal judge decided that the citizens of Washington state will be able to present testimony about the environmental impact of coal dust from uncovered Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) coal trains on local waterways. The trial is scheduled to begin November 7 in Seattle. This is a win for those that work, live and recreate in the Columbia River, Puget Sound, Spokane River, and other Washington waterways that have been polluted by the dust of passing coal trains for decades.



Public hearing: block the largest proposed coal export project in the nation. »

October 5th, 2016: [ October 25, 2016; 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers just released their draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed coal export terminal. The comment period and public hearing are critical events. With your help, we can block the last remaining coal export terminal in the Pacific Northwest.



Public hearing: block the largest proposed coal export project in the nation. »

October 5th, 2016: [ October 24, 2016; 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers just released their draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed coal export terminal. The comment period and public hearing are critical events. With your help, we can block the last remaining coal export terminal in the Pacific Northwest.



Stopping Coal in the Pacific NW »

October 4th, 2016: Let’s get this over the finish line. Coal export in the Northwest was a bad idea from day one. Now we’re years into the fight and the smell of victory—not of dirty coal trains—is in the air. You know the drill: please submit your comment today and RSVP to attend the public hearing in Longview, Washington on October 24.



Short-Sighted Federal Review of Proposed Longview Coal Terminal Kicks Off »

October 4th, 2016: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released their Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Millennium Bulk Terminals’ proposed coal export terminal Sept. 30, 2016. The Army Corps’ review focuses narrowly on the project’s impacts at the terminal site, ignoring pollution and safety effects from sixteen new trains traveling through Spokane, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and dozens of communities along the rail line. Because the Army Corps fails to analyze rail line impacts, they ignore the massive dust loss from open-top coal trains - an average of 500 pounds per car. Unlike an environmental review released earlier this year by Washington state and Cowlitz County, the Corps’ review ignores climate impacts from mining and burning 44 million tons of coal per year. The Longview project would be the largest coal export terminal in North America.



Fix the federal coal leasing program to stop coal export! »

May 31st, 2016: [ June 21, 2016; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. ] Coal mined on federal land is dirt cheap for coal companies and costly for you and me. The BLM is gathering public input on coal program at a hearing in Seattle as the next step in the Department of the Interior’s comprehensive review of the federal coal program.