Saturday, June 11, 2016

Stop dirty coal! Block the proposed Millenium coal terminal!

We have just days left to stop a massive coal terminal proposal from going through. Add your name now.

Dear MoveOn member,

We have just days to stop a massive coal terminal proposal from going through. The proposed Millennium coal export terminal in Longview, WA, would put local communities and our climate at risk. It would ship 44 million tons of coal annually to Asia through the Pacific Northwest.1

My organization, Earthjustice, has represented local communities opposed to the project for years. Now we have just days left to submit public comments on the draft environmental impact statement for this massive project.2 We must make our voices heard now against this massive coal project. That's why I started a petition to the Washington Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County, which says:

I support the "no action" alternative in the Millennium Bulk Terminal's draft environmental impact statement (EIS). Millennium's proposed coal export terminal would harm communities throughout the Northwest. The project harms our health and safety, air and water quality, and natural resources. I urge you to protect public health and natural resources. Reject coal export.

The transportation of this coal poses a risk for everyone in its path.

The coal would be sourced from mines in Montana and Wyoming, then loaded into uncovered boxcars to be transported by rail to the proposed terminal on the Columbia River. Coal dust from the mile-long coal trains would pollute nearby communities along the rail route. Once the coal arrived at the Longview terminal, it would sit in enormous open-air piles, where winds would blow coal dust into the city of Longview, creating a public health hazard.3

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Coal's future is bleak—Millennium backer Arch Coal filed for bankruptcy in January, and its dreams of mining in Montana's Otter Creek are over.

But Big Coal still wants to have a dirty coal chute to Asia as its last hope for keeping this unhealthy industry. Fortunately, the movement to stop dirty coal from polluting our towns and rivers is bigger and stronger than ever. Now is the time to raise our voices and lock out dirty coal once and for all.

Please stand up to Big Coal today. Let's make sure this proposal is stopped in its tracks once and for all.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


—Jan Hasselman, Earthjustice


1. "Proposed Longview Coal Terminal Gets Public Grilling, Props," OPB, May 24, 2016

2. "TRAC hosts last Millennium Bulk Terminal proposal open house," KVEW-TV, June 2, 2016

3. "Coal train plan pits jobs against climate," Tri-City Herald, June 2, 2016

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