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Hundreds Of Protesters And Supporters Turn Out For Coal Train Meeting

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A public meeting was held Wednesday night to discuss any potential impacts coal trains could have on people's health and the environment.

The public hearing is the 2nd of 5 held in Washington. The $643 million dollar Millennium Bulk Terminals project proposes the construction of a coal exporting terminal in Longview Washington. That could bring several coal trains traveling through Spokane and parts of Idaho and Montana.

Supporters of the project say it would bring 1,350 "direct" jobs and create 16-million in "direct annual wages". Supporters also argue the coal terminals will give a big "boost" to the Washington economy.

Despite the strong support, there is strong opposition to the project. People against the terminals say the additional coal trains could cause environmental impacts on our lands and water ways. The trains they say could also cause deadly health affects on animals and humans.

At Wednesday night's public meeting more than 300 people spoke for and against the coal exports, mostly against. The public meetings are being held in 5 Washington cities in order for the Army Corps of Engineers, Ecology Department and Cowlitz County plan an environmental impact study.

Two other coal export terminals are proposed in the Northwest, one close to Bellingham the other on the Columbia river at Boardman, Oregon.

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