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Tag: Department of Ecology


COAL: Misinformation on terminal review process needs clarification

The Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview proposal has sparked healthy debate. The lead National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) agencies are working hard to ensure everyone receives the most accurate information possible about the environmental review processes.

With that goal in mind, Cowlitz County and the Department of Ecology, the SEPA co-lead agencies, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the NEPA lead agency, would like to clarify misinformation in a recent Viewpoint (TNT, 11-7).

Cowlitz County and Ecology did not selectively choose to carry out this SEPA process. SEPA has applied to all Washington proposals

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COAL: Lummis right to oppose coal terminal

Re: “Lummi Nation’s stance could stop proposed coal terminal” (thenewstribune.com, 8-1).

I applaud the Lummi Nation for voicing its opposition to the proposed coal export terminal at Cherry Point. I also applaud Gov. Jay Inslee and the Department of Ecology for looking at the wide-ranging impacts of coal-export proposals.

Not only would these dirty projects disrupt important native cultural sites and damage the shoreline, they would disrupt our life here in Tacoma with 18 more mile-long coal trains running every day along the Ruston Way waterfront.

Traffic congestion, health impacts of coal dust and train exhaust, climate pollution from

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DUPONT: CalPortland wins, citizens lose

Re: “DuPont will get up to $200,000  for watershed-restoration project” (TNT, 1-25).

For all the wrong and self-serving reasons cited by five of six DuPont City Council members at the Jan. 24 meeting, the council has approved the 2011 settlement agreement between mine owner CalPortland, environmental groups and government agencies.

This agreement assigns determining the fate of Edmond Marsh, Sequalitchew Creek, Kettle Lake, Sequalitchew Creek Ravine Riparian Forest and Springs and the Puget Sound Shoreline Springs to the commercial interests of CalPortland, the Department of Ecology, the Environmental Caucus and the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group – none

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