An Australian coal company wants to build a coal export terminal at a Longview, Wash. port for exporting to Asia.
The controversial move would export 5.7 million tons of coal each year, as activists are trying to shut down coal power plants in Washington and Oregon.
Millennium Bulk Logistics, a subsidiary of Australia's Ambre Energy, plans to build the first major U.S. export terminal on the West Coast along the banks of the Columbia River.
The company has submitted plans to Cowlitz County to redevelop the 416-acre Chinook Ventures port site to export coal, likely from the Powder River basin in Montana and Wyoming. That's the same coal Portland General Electric draws on for its coal-fired plant in Boardman, which the company has proposed closing in 2020 to help curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Read more at OregonLive.com.