Proposed Coal Export Terminal in Longview Will Cause Harm

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Proposed coal export site, Longview, WA. Photo courtesy of tdn.com

April 28, 2017 (LONGVIEW, WA) – The Washington State Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County released the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals project in Longview, Washington, the last remaining coal export terminal proposed in the Pacific Northwest. State agencies and Cowlitz County will use the FEIS to decide whether to issue or deny permits to Millennium. “The multiple findings of significant, adverse impacts that cannot be mitigated mean that Ecology and Cowlitz County should deny Millennium’s permit applications. Any other outcome would be scientifically and legally unsupported,” states Jan Hasselman, Staff Attorney with Earthjustice.

A summary of key findings from the FEIS is available here.

Read the full press release here.

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British Columbian Premier Requests End to US Coal Exports Through Canada

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Premier Christy Clark

SEATTLE, WA: Yesterday one of the Canada’s top officials, Premier Christy Clark, requested that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stop the export of U.S. coal out of British Columbia’s ports. This request comes after the Trump Administration imposed a tax on Canadian lumber coming into the United States. If this request is approved, communities across the Pacific Northwest will benefit from a decrease in coal dust and diesel pollution that has long threatened the health of those living along rail lines. Open topped rail cars carrying coal contaminates air and water with particles containing arsenic, lead, mercury, and other dangerous pollutants.

Read the full press release here: British Columbian Premier Requests End to US Coal Exports Through Canada

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Protest of Portland General Electric's Resource Plan Takes a Fracking Twist

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(Photo courtesy of Portland Business Journal)

Oregon PSR hosted a rally outside of Portland General Electric's annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017. Advocates declared loud and clear that ratepayers do not want to be locked into several decades of climate-busting gas power plants. Our Program Assistant, Damon Motz-Storey, was quoted in coverage of the rally by the Portland Business Journal.

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Closing Richland Nuclear Plant Would Be a Win for Ratepayers, Study Says

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Northwest ratepayers could save hundreds of millions of dollars over the next decade if the Bonneville Power Administration and Energy Northwest shuttered the region's only commercial nuclear power plant and replaced its electricity with renewable sources, a new study has found.

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