Shipping coal to China comes with both local and international complications, Hasselman says. The Northwest should not contribute to China’s pollution problems, and building a coal facility does not fit the clean energy plans of Washington or Oregon, he explains.
“We should be using that facility for light industrial use – manufacturing – and harness our American ingenuity and know-how to build things we can send to China, rather than exporting our natural resources.”
The developer says the export terminal would create jobs and tax revenue, and would have equipment to control the coal dust.
The coalition Earthjustice represents includes Climate Solutions, Columbia Riverkeeper, the Sierra Club and the Washington Environmental Council.
The appeal asks that the permit be set aside and that Cowlitz County be required to do an environmental analysis. A decision could take up to six months.