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State Hearings Set for Boardman Coal Transfer Terminal

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BOARDMAN, Ore., -- The Department of Environmental Quality plans hearings Tuesday in Hermiston and Portland on the proposed coal transfer terminal in Boardman.

Ambre Energy wants to bring up to 9 million tons of coal a year by train from Montana and Wyoming.  The coal would be stored in covered buildings and transferred to barges that would take it down the Columbia River to Clatskanie where it would be placed on ships to Asia.

Hundreds of people have signed up to comment at the hearings at Blue Mountain Community College and the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

Environmental groups are concerned about the projects impact on air and water quality.  Australia-based Ambre says the enclosed terminal will eliminate dust and spillage.