Final hearing on Longview coal terminal at Tacoma

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TACOMA — The fifth and final public hearing on the environmental impact statement for proposed coal export terminal at Longview is expected to draw a crowd today to the Tacoma Convention Center.

The four previous hearings at Vancouver, Pasco, Spokane and Longview drew hundreds of opponents and supporters.

The $643 million Millennium Bulk Terminals facility on the former Reynolds Aluminum smelter site on the Columbia River would export coal arriving by train from Montana and Wyoming.

Opponents are concerned about environmental risks. Supporters cite job and trade benefits.

Other terminals that would ship coal to Asia are proposed at Cherry Point near Bellingham and at Boardman, Ore.

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