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    Submit your comment: Say NO to dirty coal exports

    Big news: The massive proposed Millennium coal export coal export terminal in Washington state, which would be the biggest terminal in America if built, just lost one of its major corporate backers. That’s a huge development in our campaign to stop this project while it’s currently under review by state and federal officials.

    According to reports, Arch Coal – which filed for bankruptcy itself this year – has sold off its stake in the project citing it as a “financial drain.” One expert called Arch Coal “a bankrupt company bailing on a zombie project.”1,2

    Coal is a dying industry and is on its way out as an energy source in America, but some companies remain relentless in attempting to turn the Pacific Northwest into a hub for shipping dirty coal overseas. The Washington Department of Ecology has just released its environmental impact statement on the proposed Millennium coal export terminal in Longview, Washington, and the results aren’t good.3 The public comment period is now open, and we need to show overwhelming opposition to this climate-harming, community-polluting project before it gets off the ground.

    Tell Washington state: We say NO to the biggest coal export terminal in America.

    It makes no sense to build America’s largest coal export terminal at a time when coal is on its last legs, and when the Millennium project’s chief backer until now, Arch Coal – which filed for bankruptcy this year — just pulled out of the project.

    According to Washington state’s own environmental impact statement, the Millennium coal terminal would have major adverse impacts on the health and environment of the surrounding community and on our efforts to combat climate change.

    If completed, the project would spread toxic coal dust throughout communities in the Northwest, posing a direct health threat to residents in the form of toxic air and water pollution. And the terminal, if built, would be one of the biggest greenhouse gas emitters in Washington state.

    Tell Washington state: We say NO to the biggest coal export terminal in America.

    CREDO activists have been fighting to stop coal export proposals in the Pacific Northwest for years by submitting hundreds of thousands of public comments and petition signatures, making hundreds of phone calls, and packing public hearings at every opportunity. But the coal industry isn’t giving up easily, and we need to continue fighting to keep dirty coal in the ground where it belongs.

    Now that Washington state has released its environmental impact statement, the public comment period is now open, and we need as many comments opposing this terrible idea as possible before the deadline. Tell them that building America’s largest coal export terminal makes absolutely no sense, and it needs to be completely rejected.

    Tell Washington state: We say NO to the biggest coal export terminal in America.

    Thank you for your activism.

    1. Marissa Luck, "Arch Coal to sell stake in Millennium Bulk to Lighthouse Resources," The Daily News, May 26, 2016.
    2. Dylan Brown, "Arch exits export terminal ownership as critics get more vocal," Greenwire, May 27, 2016.
    3. April Geiling, "Proposed Coal Terminal Would Be The Equivalent Of Adding 8 Million Cars To The Road," ThinkProgress, April 29, 2016.