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Coal export opponents, supporters to attend hearing in Ridgefield


Hundreds of people are expected to attend an all-day “scoping hearing” today, Oct. 9, on the proposed Longview, Wash. coal export terminal in Ridgefield.

Millennium Bulk Terminals, a venture between Ambre Energy North America and Arch Coal, proposed a facility at the former Reynolds Aluminum Smelter that could export up to 44 million metric tons of coal a year.

It’s one of three coal export facilities still being proposed in the Northwest, along with facilities in Morrow, Ore. and Cherry Point, Wash. Three other coal export projects have been dropped, at least for now.

This is the fourth in a series of public hearings about the Longview coal export terminal.

Public testimony will be taken from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road.

Opponents in the Power Past Coal coalition will hold a 4:15 p.m. rally at the site, including speakers and a performance by the band Counterfeit Cash.